Freedom of Information must be expanded

Liberal Democrats have today called for all private contractors doing public work to also be subject to FOI requests and promised strong opposition to any attempts from the Conservatives to water down the FOI system.

The call comes amidst reports that ministers may extend FOI requests to charities.

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael said:

“Liberal Democrats have always been clear that the public deserve to know how their money is being spent and how decisions on their behalf are taken. In government we managed to extend FOI considerably but it must go further and extend FOI to all private contractors doing public work.

“However good the apparent plans are to extend FOI request to charities sound, the Conservatives look like they want to fundamentally water down the FOI system as a whole which makes such a change useless. We will strongly oppose any attempts to gut the FOI system which is an important tool for the public and journalists in holding those in power to account.”

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