Cost to be used to block FOI

Government action over the Freedom of Information Act is likely to block many applications for politically contentious information on the progress of IT-related projects

Government action over the Freedom of Information Act is likely to block many applications for politically contentious information on the progress of IT-related projects.

Under the plans, departments will be able to include ministerial time in calculating whether the cost of answering applications under the act exceed £600.

If civil servants expect the costs to exceed £600, they can refuse to supply information. This means some applications on major IT projects may be refused.

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