Monday, January 31, 2005

Freedom of information - at a price

Article from Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
"Hidden charges in new freedom of information laws have created a postcode lottery that could see councils charge up to £250 for information that would be free from another authority.An EDP investigation has found a loophole in the law means public bodies can choose to levy hefty bills for answering questions that are supposed to be dealt with for free.....Its 50p per photocopy charge is 10 times the cost of the cheapest councils locally, with both South Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council charging 5p a page....South Norfolk says it will waive charges of less than £25 - up to to 499 A4 pages at their 5p rate.....The same information would cost £249.50 from West Norfolk"

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