Labour has announced today a harsh restriction of the public's right to Freedom of Information.
Currently, no one is charged for any request which costs less than a notional £600 to process (£450 for local authorities).
According to a Conservative Press statement civil servants' and town hall officials’ “reading time, consideration time and consultation time” is to be included in the calculation of costs, meaning more requests will hit the notional £600 limit. As a result, the public will increasingly be asked to pay a fee to make a request to the government or their town hall.
I wonder why this could be...