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Using the FOI Act: how to make an effective request


Thursday 27 February 2020

Registration 9:45
Course 10:00 am – 16:30 pm

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Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA


Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how key provisions are being interpreted? Making a FOI request is straightforward but making an effective request can be more difficult. Requests which 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 or an authority isn’t doing its job or generating key information you need for your research.

This practical course is designed to help campaigners, journalists and others 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. This one-day course is aimed at both beginners and those who are already using the Act but want to do so more effectively.

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The Campaign for Freedom of Information’s training is led by director, Maurice Frankel, drawing on the unique experience he has built up over 30 years of working on FOI. He can also offer bespoke in-house training tailored to an organisation’s requirements. If you would like to be notified about future courses or for information about in-house training please contact:


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