Sorry - absolute rubbish again.
Goldensyrup wrote: I would suggest a scan of the whatdotheyknow website to see how appalling public bodies are in adhering to the legislation.
I spend a lot of time on WDTK - I know the volunteers who run it and have advised on a new iteration of it. For all its faults it has helped to make a huge amount of information public. I suggest that again your view is skewed by your own experiences.
I have worked in and commentated on the field of FOI since the Act was passed in 2000 (not 2002) and have made use of it hundreds of times since it commenced in 2005 - in the former guise I have disclosed huge amounts of information, and in the latter I have had disclosed to me huge amounts. None of this would have happened without the Act.
I'm not pretending that things could not be better, but as the Justice Committee said, in its report following post-legislative scrutiny, the Act has been a significant enhancement of our democracy, and it disappoints me to see unwarranted criticism of it. Similarly, the ICO are by no means perfect, but they do some very good work with limited resources.