Freedom of Information. Working Towards Compliance by Liz Taylor

By Liz Taylor

As from 1 January 2005, Freedom of knowledge (FOI) laws will come absolutely into strength in the course of the united kingdom and will in all likelihood swap the way the general public quarter manages details. This record presents useful suggestion on tips to in achieving compliance with the Acts; the record is helping to make sure winning administration of the foremost hazards that the Acts might pose to organizations around the united kingdom. The file additionally introduces a number of the swap administration concerns that would have to be addressed inside companies to facilitate the transition to a extra open tradition of FOI.

  • Suggestions for the sensible implementation of FOI, concentrating on processing requests for information
  • Checklists that might allow these answerable for FOI implementation to observe organisational growth in the direction of compliance
  • Easy-to-read and discrete chapters that permit fast referencing for every topic in the book

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If the information being requested is environmental information, it will fall under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs). Although the EIRs are broadly similar to FOI in terms of obligations placed on organisations when processing requests, there are differences and you will need to ensure your organisation puts measures into place that ensure compliance with both. Finally, if the request is for information that does not constitute a SAR and is not for environmental information, it will be governed by FOI.

Both Acts have a time limit of 20 working days in which organisations must respond to a request. This limit will be quickly reached if: the request is mismanaged; there is uncertainty as to the 47 Freedom of Information location or format of information; information is difficult to retrieve or is subject to exemptions. The provision of information will depend upon good information management (IM) and records management (RM) in addition to processes that ensure all of the activities needed to process requests are completed within 20 days.

You may need business knowledge for certain activities within the process, such as assessing the application of exemptions. Do staff in your organisation have access to common information sources? If so, some degree of centralisation may be required to ensure consistency in the information placed in the public domain. Conversely, if all information sources are distributed with no common means of access, 55 Freedom of Information processing requests will need to be distributed to some degree, as there are no common information sources that can be accessed by a central function.

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