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Using the FOI Act

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This practical course is designed to help campaigners, researchers, journalists and others make effective use of their rights under Freedom of Information Act and parallel Environmental Information Regulations.

Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act?  Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how key provisions are being interpreted?

Making a FOI request is straightforward but making an effective request can be more difficult. Requests that ask for too much information can be refused – and some information may be exempt. But a well thought-out request can have a powerful impact, revealing that a policy isn’t working, an authority isn’t doing its job or generating key information for your research.

The course is designed to help campaigners, voluntary organisations and researchers make the most of the Act and the parallel Environmental Information Regulations. It explains the legislation, shows how to draft clear and effective requests and describes how to challenge unjustified refusals. The course’s interactive sessions will encourage you to test your own FOI drafting skills. The course is aimed at both beginners and those who are already using the Act but want to do so more effectively.

 

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Please note: concessions apply for unaffiliated individuals, freelance journalists and small NGOs with 4 staff or less.

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