THE government buried plans to weaken the Freedom of Information Act by publishing them on the day the US presidential election result was announced, rights charity Reprieve charged yesterday.
The announcement of the plan to “remove the right of appeal to the first-tier tribunal” was made in an 18-page report that was slipped out on November 9. The charity branded the proposal an attack on transparency that would “seriously weaken” the position of people taking on the government as it would “narrow the basis on which decisions can be challenged.”
Reprieve communications director Donald Campbell said: “It is alarming that ministers have resurrected these discredited proposals to water down freedom of information.
“The government’s decision to bury this news in an obscure report published on the day Trump was elected is yet another attack on transparency.
“Ministers must abandon this shameful proposal to restrict the British public’s right to know what is done in their name.”