Have you ever wanted to force open the secretive doors of government? This book provides all the tools you need. With a new foreword by Ian Hislop, it's also fully updated to include...-- New chapters on Scotland and the law in practice -- Tips for digging out information and new template letters -- An expanded and updated directory -- Examples of case law that you can use in your quest for answers -- An expanded Business chapter to help you get contracts, tenders and performance evaluations
Heather Brooke worked in the United States as a newspaper reporter. She used the American FOI Act to uncover politicians misuse of public funds for travel and personal election campaigning. Later, as a crime reporter in South Carolina for a New York Times regional newspaper, she uncovered flaws in the state's forensic crime lab and exposed dangerous practices in funeral homes. Both investigations resulted in changes to state law.
Foreword by Ian Hislop Introduction Chapter 1 - FOI in practice Chapter 2 - Scotland Chapter 3 - Laws of Access Chapter 4 - Central Government Chapter 5 - Intelligence, Security and Defence Chapter 6 - Transport Chapter 7 - The Justice System Chapter 8 - Law Enforcement and Civil Defence Chapter 9 - Health Chapter 10 - The Environment Chapter 11 - Local Government Chapter 12 - Education Chapter 13 - Private Companies Chapter 14 - Information about Individuals Conclusion Appendix - Letters for requesting information