Tag Archives: FOIA

UPDATE – Somerset County Council up to no good. The ICO – Useless, Ruthless, Toothless

2nd September 2013 It’s taken me a while to put this up on the blog, but here’s a response to a complaint I lodged in May 2013 with the Information Commissioner’s Office: PROTECT  21 June 2013 Case Reference Number FS50496625 Dear … Continue reading

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Compromise Agreements ~ Their Impact on Equal Pay Claims

A landmark judgment was announced recently by the UK Supreme Court, allowing equal pay claims to be brought in the Civil Courts, where in the past the only route was through the Employment Tribunal: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/25/victory-birmingham-equal-pay?newsfeed=true A key factor in this decision … Continue reading

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#FoI Request ~ Secret agreement allowing suspended Ian Coleman to leave Wirral Council

5th October 2012 The FoI request:  http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/secret_agreement_allowing_suspen More on Coleman here, from the Local Government Chronicle, including some far-fetched guff about how it would cost the public over a million “if we don’t act decisively in their interest.” It’s not … Continue reading

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UPDATED – Analysis of 14 Freedom of Information requests to Wirral Council – verdict is not good…

I don’t profess to be an expert where Data & Information Governance are concerned.  I have a layman’s self-taught appreciation of FOIA and DPA.  Experts will find fault in the following analysis, but I hope I’ve covered the basics OK.  … Continue reading

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FoI / DP Gagging clauses – Did the Information Commissioner use them in its own compromise agreements?

Full marks to this FoI requester – for using WhatDoTheyKnow to take a thorny issue to the heart of the ICO – the UK regulating body, overseeing information and data.  On the surface, this request may seem cheeky / provocative … 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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#FoI request 003/11 ~ Suffolk County Council – Departure of former Chief Executive Andrea Hill – Matters arising

Departure of former Chief Executive Andrea Hill – Matters arising Following the above FoI request (003/11) I lodged on 4th July 2011, an answer arrived on 9th August.  Andy Bloxham of The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday evening on the history surrounding this and … 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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