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To: Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
Protect the Freedom of Information Act
To ensure the general public are allowed access to public information held by public Authorities because at this juncture, PA's nationwide are circumventing the FOIA by issuing VEXATIOUS decisions on a whim.
They are also circumventing the FOIA by entering into contracts with 3rd parties, whom are NOT covered by the FOIA 2000. These contracts are protected by the clause in the Act on commercial in confidence.
The general public have a right to know how their taxpayers money is spent and that's why the FOIA was introduced into the Statute Book
Why is this important?
The FOIA was introduced in 2000 to improve transparency, accountability and security (TAS) but at this juncture TAS is NOT seen to be working at the ICO, Upper Tribunal and dozens of public authorities nationwide.
If TAS is not seen to be working, then in all probability, it ain't working.
We need to protect the FOIA because there are a large Number of Individuals and People in Public Office that are currently offerering lip service to the FOIA.
Evidence of such can be seen in a recent Test Case Hearing GIA/3037/2011 Alan M Dransfield V ICO & Devon County Council available at the Upper Tribunal website
How it will be delivered
I would like to present this petition to Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister.