Your Right to Know

Your Right to Know : A Citizen's Guide to the Freedom of Information Act

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Have you ever wanted to know:
- Which doctor has the best operation success rate in your health trust?
- If MI5 has a file on you?
- The actual number and type of crimes that happen in your street?
- Which streets are targeted by parking attendants in your area?
- Which buildings have failed their fire safety inspections?

The public had no right to most of this information - until now. In 2005 the Freedom of Information Act came into force giving the British public a legal right, for the first time, to access information from more than 100,000 public authorities. But in order to take advantage of this new right you first have to know who holds the information and how to get it. This guide gives you the tools you need to get the information you want.

This edition comes with a new foreword by Ian Hislop.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134 x 218 x 20mm | 1,239.98g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745325823
  • 9780745325828
  • 396,786

About Heather Brooke

Heather Brooke worked in the United States as a newspaper reporter. She used the American FOI Act to uncover politicians misuse of public funds for travel and personal election campaigning. Later, as a crime reporter in South Carolina for a New York Times regional newspaper, she uncovered flaws in the state's forensic crime lab and exposed dangerous practices in funeral homes. Both investigations resulted in changes to state law.
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'Both revealing and practical - a necessary antidote to the British culture of secrecy' -- David Banisar, Deputy Director of Privacy International 'Labour had been promising freedom of information for decades. Now we are getting it we need to keep the pressure on, and this is just the book to do that. All journalists should pick up these tricks' -- Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists 'Heather Brooke pulls no punches when it comes to exposing how the government, public institutions and private companies all keep the British public in the dark. Even better, she tells readers how they can successfully challenge the system using the latest public access laws' -- Michael Crick, BBC journalist 'Information is born free, but everywhere is in chains. Heather Brooke has written the Information Liberation Front guide to end the politicians' enslavement of the facts which belong to the public' -- Greg Palast, author The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
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Table of contents

Foreword by Ian Hislop


Chapter 1 - FOI in practice

Chapter 2 - Scotland

Chapter 3 - Laws of Access

Chapter 4 - Central Government

Chapter 5 - Intelligence, Security and Defence

Chapter 6 - Transport

Chapter 7 - The Justice System

Chapter 8 - Law Enforcement and Civil Defence

Chapter 9 - Health

Chapter 10 - The Environment

Chapter 11 - Local Government

Chapter 12 - Education

Chapter 13 - Private Companies

Chapter 14 - Information about Individuals


Appendix - Letters for requesting information
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