Freedom of Information petition

I’ve made occasional use of the Freedom of Information Act to ask about big tax cases, and the government’s view on non-domiciliaries (the latter being surprisingly successful, in that the Treasury sent me a document detailing the £1bn annual presumed cost of the rule).

The government is however proposing restrictions to the Act. It can reject claims if they are too expensive to answer, and it proposes to include ‘reading time’ in that figure.

Frankly, any further restriction is unacceptable, since it is so hard to get information out of the government through this route anyway. Anyone who is interested in opposing the move can sign a petition here.

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