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No boundaries to Freedom of Information

A forthcoming tribunal will examine the blocking of FOI requests that have been placed by people living outside the UK. To those at mySociety and WhatDoTheyKnow, the matter is quite simple: the UK’s Freedom of Information Act was written explicitly to allow “any person” to request information from a public body. There’s no restriction to say that the requester must be a UK citizen. A phrase often used is that the FOI process...

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Join us at LocalGovCamp

We’re longstanding supporters of LocalGovCamp, the conference where innovators in Local Government come together to share knowledge on how to improve services. This year we’re both sponsoring it and running a couple of hands-on, interactive sessions. All online, of course, given the way things are these days. On Tuesday 6 October, join a mySociety-led discussion with Mark and Zarino, on how consistent data standards across councils...

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Challenging refusals: upholding the right to information

We’re very pleased to say that we’ve been awarded funding by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to extend the Freedom of Information services we offer through WhatDoTheyKnow and WhatDoTheyKnow Pro. This work will support users in taking the next steps, if appropriate, when their requests for information are denied. A bit of background In the last few years, there has been a significant and sustained decline in FOI requests being...

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Our commitment to the environment starts with ourselves

Working around the climate emergency, you can’t get far before realising that you must look to yourselves. And so, our environmental policy has been added to this site — you’ll see a link in the footer of every page. We’ve blogged previously about the work mySociety is doing within our Climate practice — the website we created for the UK’s Climate Assembly hosted an important milestone today as the final report launched;...