Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Campaign for Freedom of Information courses

Getting to grips with the Freedom of Information Act -practical training courses for users. The next course will take place on Wednesday 13 July 2005 from 9.30 am - 1.30 pm at the St. Alban's Centre, Baldwins Gardens, London EC1.

The Campaign for Freedom of Information, which played a leading part in securing the legislation, is running training courses to help serious users learn to make effective use of this important but complex new legislation.

The courses will provide a working guide to the Act, including:

* using the FOI Act to challenge decisions or uncover stories
* lessons learnt from the Act's first 3 months
* cracking the first secret - what's in the files?
* how to draft an effective request
* potential pitfalls and how to avoid them
* navigating your way round the exemptions
* using the Act's most powerful feature - the public interest test
* the role of the FOI officer - your new friend in government?
* why an authority that obstructs you is breaking the law
* challenging refusals and enforcing your rights

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