Using the FOI Act! | Free Word

5 June 2019
09:45 - 17:00

Presented by:
Campaign for Freedom of Information


Practical training for requesters

Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information (FOI) 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 that 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, an authority isn’t doing its job or generating key information for your research.

The course is designed to help campaigners, researchers, 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 and describes how to challenge unjustified refusals. The course’s interactive sessions will encourage you to test your own FOI drafting skills. The course is aimed at both beginners and those who are already using the Act but want to do so more effectively.”

Concessions are available for unaffiliated individuals, freelance journalists and small NGOs with 4 staff or less.

5 June 2019
09:45 - 17:00
£90 / £45

Free Word

Campaign for Freedom of Information


Maurice Frankel


Maurice Frankel has worked for the Campaign since it was set up in 1984 and been its director since 1987.

Katherine Gundersen

Campaign Manager

Katherine Gundersen has worked with the Campaign since 1999. The Campaign played the leading role in securing the FOI Act and improving it in Parliament.



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