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Government Transparency (or Lockdown Boredom)

Reading Time: 2 minutes I admit it, Lockdown has got to me. I am bored. I’m even bored enough to find out how various Government Departments perform, faced with incoming Freedom of Information Act requests. I can hardly believe it, but it would appear that the Government actually pays someone to gather the data and make sense of it. […]

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College of Policing – A Beacon of Transparency

Reading Time: 4 minutes It may be a surprise to some of you but I am not a huge fan of the Direct Entry Scheme for Inspectors and Superintendents into the Police Service. Sorry to shock you, but it’s true. I am, however, curious about it. We hear quite a lot about it but I was never really sure

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Who Co-Ordinates The Co-Ordinators?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mustn’t swear, honestly, but yesterday provided me with a  true WTF moment. Following the recent visit of that nice Mr Trump to the UK, it became obvious via news and Social Media, plus personal observations on the M40, that many Police Officers had been deployed on Mutual Aid to assist with the Policing and Security

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Tory PCC Expenses & #FOI Raise Their Ugly Heads Again

Reading Time: 2 minutes Has anybody here seen Julia Mulligan since the PCC Elections?  She seems to have gone walkabout, or at least her office has in FOIWorld. 31st March, I posed a simple question (or at least I thought it was) Dear North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, I notice from the Commissioner’s published expenses an entry on

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Purdah vs FOIA

Reading Time: < 1 minute Yes, that old chestnut. Personally, I confess, I did not know which should or would apply in the run-up to an election, so I phoned a friend.  It was not long before an answer was forthcoming. https://twitter.com/campaignfoi/status/72240647640541184 @Alanw47 No. They have to be answered within normal deadline. See pg7 Cabinet Office's general election guidance https://t.co/ff2tH4IfOa

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Hello Darkness My Old Friend

Reading Time: < 1 minute Nope, nothing to do with Messrs Simon and Garfunkel, but a return to the Dark Ages brought about solely by the media, quelle surprise. The very same media that love to bleat about Police Forces and Police Officers not doing their jobs are excelling at preventing them from doing so. In league with Action on

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Something Smells Rotten In Mrs May’s Empire

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the back end of last year you will no doubt recall I had cause to think that Tom Winsor had dsisappeared, that post is here.   I have now had my reply from the Home Office asking for a copy of all the documents relating to FOI request 18164/2011. No thanks to the Home

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Tom Winsor Has Completely Disappeared

Reading Time: 2 minutes Well, that’s not strictly true, but he has been expunged from the record. After Friday’s blog and the shitstorm it invoked about the apparent lack of transparency surronding a certain man and his Indepent Review, I dug a little deeper and went into the Home Office Disclosure Log to make sure the original request hadn’t ‘disappeared’.

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Freedom of Information – I Have Met My Match

Reading Time: 2 minutes I recently contacted Northamptonshire Police with a Freedom of Information Request, asking how many Police Stations had closed in the last 5 years, and how many were envisaged to close in the coming 5 years. They answered the 1st bit perfectly and for that I thank them. When it came to the second bit, they

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Two Simple Questions, How Hard Can It Be?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Could you please provide me with the estimated/anticipated cost of providing a Candidate Leaflet or ‘Mailshot’ for the 2016 Mayoral Elections? Could you please provide me with the estimated/anticipated cost of providing a Candidate Leaflet or ‘Mailshot’ for the 2016 Local Authority Elections? And the answer from our illustrious Cabinet Office? I am writing to advise you that following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you requested is  not held by the Cabinet Office. It

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