On Balance, The Public Interest Is……
in favour of non -disclosure.
Well, that’s a bloody surprise…….NOT.
Today I received my final response from the Home Office in relation to my request regarding Risk and Impact Assessments re the further cuts to Police Budgets. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting to see one, but I did think I’d just get an outright Refusal.
What I got was this:-
After careful consideration we have decided that the pieces of advice to Ministers, relevant to your request, are exempt from disclosure under section 35 (1)(a) of the Act, which provides that information can be withheld if it is likely to prejudice the policy making process and the delivery of effective government.
The advantages of releasing the advice to Ministers are that it would help the public to better understand how Ministers came to their decisions.
The disadvantages of releasing the information are that officials would feel constrained in their advice to Ministers.
Therefore, we have determined that on balance, the public interest is in favour of non-disclosure.
So if I have interpreted this correctly, it’s not in the Public Interest for you/us to understand how Government came to this decision, and we’re better off not being told.
Well, I’m glad I’ve got that one sorted then.
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