Thursday, August 01, 2013

Practical training on using the FOI Act

Wednesday 2nd October 2013
Human Rights Action Centre 17-25 New Inn Street London EC2A 3EA 

Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how key provisions are being interpreted?

Making a FOI request is straightforward but making an effective request can be more difficult. Requests which ask for too much information can be refused - and some information may be exempt. But a well thought-out request can have a powerful impact, revealing that a policy isn’t working or an authority isn’t doing its job or generating key information you need for your research.

This course is designed to help campaigners, journalists and others make the most of the Act and the parallel Environmental Information Regulations. It explains the legislation, shows how to draft clear and effective requests, describes how to challenge unjustified refusals and highlights critical decisions of the Information Commissioner and Tribunal. The course’s interactive sessions will encourage you to work out how to best apply the Act in a variety of situations. This one day course is aimed at both beginners and people who want to use FOI more effectively.

You can register online here or download a booking form here.