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Training on using the Freedom of Information Act


Wednesday 4 October 2017

Registration 9:45, course 10.00-17.00

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Free Word Centre, London EC1R 3GA


Making a FOI request is straightforward but making an effective request can be more difficult. Requests that ask for too much information can be refused – and some information may be exempt. But a well thought-out request can have a powerful impact, revealing that a policy isn’t working, an authority isn’t doing its job or generating key information for your research.

The course is designed to help campaigners, voluntary organisations and researchers make the most of the Act and the parallel Environmental Information Regulations. It explains the legislation, shows how to draft clear and effective requests, describes how to challenge unjustified refusals and highlights critical decisions of the Information Commissioner and Tribunal.

The course’s interactive sessions will encourage you to work out how best to apply the Act in a variety of situations. The course is aimed at both beginners and those who are already using the Act but want to do so more effectively.

This course will explain:

  • What information you’re entitled to – and from whom
  • How to draft a clear and realistic request
  • How the Act’s exemptions and public interest test work
  • Key pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • What authorities should do to help you
  • When requests can be refused on cost grounds
  • How to challenge refusals
  •  Examples of disclosures that have made a difference

You will also have the opportunity to discuss problems you have encountered with your own requests.

Feedback from previous delegates:

“Excellent introduction to FOIA for me. I imagine many people would love to have had this advice before making their first request.”

“Great course, brilliant examples, good knowledge + examples + explanations”

“I started knowing nothing about the detail of FOI and learned a lot”

Standard rate: £90
Unaffiliated individuals and small NGOs with 4 staff or less: £45
If you can’t afford these rates we may be able to offer a concession. Please get in touch.

More information and how to pay on the Free Word website

You can also book by credit or debit card over the phone by calling the Free Word Box Office on 020 7324 2570. If you cannot pay by credit or debit card, please contact the Campaign for Freedom of Information and we can arrange for you to pay by invoice.


Standard rate: £90 Unaffiliated individuals and small NGOs with 4 staff or less: £45

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