Government rules out FoI charges

Ministers have ruled out the proposals to impose charges in submitting Freedom of Information (FoI) requests, after a review of the system was launched to examine whether ‘sensitive information’ was being 'inadequately protected’.

The full findings of the review are due to be published shortly, but Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock, has declared that there will be no wholesale changes to the FoI Act.

He said: "After 10 years, we took the decision to review the FoI Act and we have found it is working well. We will not make any legal changes to FoI. We will spread transparency throughout public services, making sure all public bodies routinely publish details of senior pay and perks.

"After all, taxpayers should know if their money is funding a company car or a big pay-off."