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Save money - get it right first time

Martin Rosenbaum | 23:54 UK time, Sunday, 10 December 2006

At last, a result - of sorts, anyway - from appealing to the Information Commissioner's Office.

Once the ICO eventually started to investigate a complaint I'd made about the Department for Education and Skills, the DfES sent me 265 photocopied pages of material which it now accepts should, in line with the public interest, be disclosed to me.

As it happens, last year I visited the DfES to look at other records which they had released in response to my original FOI request in this case. So if they had made this latest material available when they should have done, I would have seen it then and they wouldn't have had to copy and post it to me.

Perhaps those who are concerned about the cost of freedom of information should examine how much money could be saved by public authorities responding properly to FOI requests in the first place.

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