A few years back I did Freedom of Information Act training with Heather Brooke who is/was the journalist who first uncovered the M.P’s expenses scandal.
Her book entitled ‘Your Right to Know’ has various chapters in it and also sample letters covering different areas of FOI enquiries and what is possible in which area.
I haven’t checked it today, but I would imagine the book has been updated to cover various changes in the legislation. I should imagine she also has info on her website/blog/assuming she still has one.
One of the main points for a FOI query is to state your understanding that it is ‘purpose blind’ and state the time in which they are required to get back to you i.e. 21 days.
If you don’t do this, then you can waste a lot of time trying to explain to recipients that you have the right to ask!
Used to be the case that decent organisations had FOI specialised officers you could approach. With changes to legislation that may have changed.
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