Monday, August 04, 2008

ICO urges public authorities to publish meeting minutes

Press release 31 July 2008

The Information Commissioner's Office is renewing its call to public authorities to become more transparent by routinely publishing minutes and agendas of meetings. The ICO is today publishing new guidance to help public authorities understand what information should be made public under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations.

According to the guidance public authorities should be routinely publishing minutes and agendas of public meetings and senior-level meetings. The guidance also states that documents which should be made public under other legislation such as the Local Government Act and background documents which are referred to in the agenda or minutes should, where possible, also be published proactively.

Full press release
Practical guidance What should be published: minutes and agendas

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