Tag Archives: FoI

FOI – Do or Die!

Freedom of Information Act 2000 I’m getting this Freedom of Information (FOI) request in before the Nazi   Nasty party start charging £600 to make a request; http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/09/17/tory-bid-to-put-freedom-of-information-out-of-your-price-range/  Here’s the article, originally published by the excellent John Pring on Disability … Continue reading

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Mens Rea, Actus Reus.

Now, I’m not being pretentious or anything, but some things just sound better in Latin and this is one of them. Mens Rea, Actus reus, simply means guilty mind, guilty act. We’ve all committed the Mens Rea at some point … Continue reading

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Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Reposted from the Mirror on line. ***warning  – Ranty Post *** As some of you will know, I have been helping Mike Sivier, who runs the Vox Political blog, with his legal challenge to get the DWP to issue the … Continue reading

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Workfare bidders – Yet another monumental waste of taxpayers money

In June 2014, Frank Zola via the Information Commissioners Office, appealed to the General Regulatory Chamber Tribunal to force DWP to release details of the Workfare exploiters  successful bidders. DWP had originally turned down the request, on the grounds that … Continue reading

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*plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Today is my birthday. I have been alive for over half a century…if this was the 1400s, I’d be a village elder or something, (on account of having lived so long) So, I thought today would be a good day … Continue reading

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Move to restrict use of FOI by campaigners criticised

   Reposted from Campaign for Freedom of Information Although this article relates to Local Government, it seems to mirror Central Governments views on FoI requests, I’m sure you will recall several bloggers (Samuel Miller, Mike Sivier) making FoI requests to … Continue reading

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Court orders DWP to name and shame workfare exploiters

Posted on 22/07/2014 by www.refuted.org.uk View full decision: “The DECISION of the Upper Tribunal is to dismiss the [DWP] appeals” https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bwd25z9g2tFPNzZfbVdQSFRZM3JwZzVwX1hDS01Kc0R0V05z/edit?pli=1 (download as a PDF) and the full history of one of the FOI request’s of 25 January 2012, concerning the names of Mandatory Work Activity placement hosts. … Continue reading

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Government to launch consultations on changes to FOI Act to make sure it is not ‘abused’

Reposted from FoI directory The UK Government is to launch two consultations, later this year, on changes to the Freedom of Information Act – these could potentially weaken the FOI Act.  Justice Minister Simon Hughes, who took over the responsibility for … Continue reading

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DWP on verge of meltdown over big welfare projects – Margaret Hodge

Ah…Mrs Hodge strikes again. Take that DWP!   Margaret Hodge singled out the DWP as struggling with the delivery of welfare changes. Photograph: Richard Gardner/REX Iain Duncan Smith‘s Department for Work and Pensions is facing “meltdown” over three of its … Continue reading

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All repeat WCA medicals to be stopped

Reposted from Benefits & Work website Category: Latest news In an urgent memo obtained by Benefits and Work, the DWP have told staff that due to a growing backlog at Atos all current employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants will be … Continue reading

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