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ICO welcomes the Government’s call to expand the Freedom of Information Act

Following Nick Clegg’s pledge to expand the Freedom of Information Act, the Information Commissioner’s Office has welcomed such a pledge with open arms, in the hope that the expansion gives greater transparency into the government and its workings.

Justice Minister Lord McNally has suggested that a key part of the government’s desire for transparency is to assess whether the Act is working in practice, and whether changes need to be made to it.

“I am delighted to announce this package of measures which will give people additional tools to find out whether thousands of UK bodies are acting in the public interest and providing value for money,” he said.

“We aim to increase the amount of information readily available to the public and have already achieved a great deal, including, for example, the publication of all government spending over £25,000 and the salaries of the Civil Service’s highest earners.”

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