Category Archives: Cheshire West FoI ban

Matters relating to Cheshire West and Chester’s ongoing plans to ban ex-employees from querying FoI / DP in the future

UPDATE ~ A (strange) response is now in… Dear Information Commissioner’s Blog…

From: Paul C Sent: 15 August 2013 13:12 To: ‘blog@ico.org.uk’ Subject: Enforcement Dear ICO blog, “To send a person’s financial records to the wrong fax number once is careless. To do so continually, despite being aware of the problem, is … Continue reading

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Opinion of Senior Counsel, Hugh Tomlinson QC, on Freedom of Information ban by Cheshire West and Chester Council –

YouTube video presentation of this blog post Following Cheshire West & Chester Council’s hideously misconceived “ban” on my statutory FoI and personal Data Protection querying rights, the time has come to release the opinion of Senior Counsel Hugh Tomlinson QC, … Continue reading

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Gagging Clauses – Comment added to Opendata Consultation – October 2011

The following comment has been added to the Government’s Opendata Consultation (recently ended): “Two UK Councils have implemented a means of preventing ex-employees from exercising their future FoI / DP querying rights.  These were drawn up within compromise agreements following … Continue reading

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Use of the FOI / DP Gagging Clause – some UK Local Authorities publicly frown upon it

Actual UK Local Authority quotes on the use of FOI / DP related “gagging clauses” Both Cheshire West and Chester Council and Brent Borough Council have used a “gagging clause” within a compromise agreement to prevent former employees from getting … Continue reading

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How can an employer remove your statutory #FOI querying rights? Read all about it here…

10th December 2012 Word reaches me that Simon Goacher, #QuackCWaC Head of Legal and ‘Democratic’ Services, he of the undemocratic, unscrutinised FOI / DP ban (see below) that they sought to impose on me when I left the council back … Continue reading

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