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Freedom of Information Act should not be extended to charities, independent commission says

The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information has recommended that the Freedom of Information Act should not be extended to charities in their own right.

The commissioning body, appointed by the government to review the Freedom of Information Act, has however recommended that those providing public services under contract should be treated in the same way as private contractors.

 

Lack of persuasive evidence

The report states that the commission did not see “persuasive evidence that the act should be extended to charities in their own right” but that “charities providing public services under contract should be treated in the same way as it has recommended for other private contractors”.

As a result, it says, information regarding the performance and/or delivery of public services under large contracts would have to be made available under freedom of information law by the contracting public authority. This rule would only apply to contracts worth £5m or more per year.

The minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock, responded by issuing a preliminary response to some of the main points in the report.

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