In terms of freedom of information, local councils in England are apparently delivering more for less.
That's the good news conclusion of the latest academic study, which suggests that while the number of council FOI requests increased last year, the overall cost of handling them nevertheless fell - because local authorities have become faster and more efficient.
An occasional series about refusals to answer freedom of information requests for apparently puzzling reasons.
My colleagues in BBC Stoke have been following a dispute between Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the local water theme park, WaterWorld, dating back to 2008, about possible arrangements for swimming provision.
The Freedom of Information Act is about to go through a process known in Whitehall jargon as 'post-legislative scrutiny' or, in other words, examining how it is working in practice.
This procedure will take some time but could have a crucial impact on the future development of freedom of information in the UK. It seems to have left some FOI campaigners worried about how the Act might be scaled back and some public bodies and private companies worried about how it may be further extended.
The number of signatories on the petition demanding that the government disclose its files on the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy has now passed the 100,000 mark. This means that it has to be considered for debating time in the House of Commons.
But there are new questions about the Cabinet Office case for resisting publication of these records.
Who could have more influence over government policy?
Chris Graham, the Information Commissioner who officially oversees whether public bodies are implementing the Freedom of Information Act, or the tens of thousands of members of the public who have signed an e-petition calling for ministers to release documents relating to the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster?
The Metropolitan Police can't find the document setting out the details of the public relations consultancy services it controversially bought from Neil Wallis, former deputy editor of the News of the World.
But it hasn't lost all the files associated with the contract. It does have the restaurant receipt for the meal with Mr Wallis which was claimed on expenses by Dick Fedorcio, the Met's Director of Public Affairs.
The government has been ordered to make public documents revealing discussions which the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher held about the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster, where 96 Liverpool fans were killed and for which the police were later blamed.
The Information Commissioner has now ruled that releasing the files would be in the public interest.
As the arguments continue over whether Prince Charles interferes in political controversies, I thought it would be worth clarifying what seems to be a widespread misapprehension about the legal basis for secrecy on his contacts with ministers.
Over the weekend the Mail on Sunday reported that Charles has had at least nine private meetings with ministers in the coalition government.
The Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Defence and Birmingham council have been forced to sign undertakings with the Information Commissioner to promise to improve the way that they handle freedom of information requests.
These are the three public authorities which have given the Information Commissioner Chris Graham most concern over their especially poor record at administering FOI.
The BBC has today released the results of a detailed survey of how much local councils in England are planning to spend in the coming year on their range of public services.
This is the first overview of how English council budgets are responding to the government's squeeze on spending. It is an extensive piece of research, which obtained data from 268 of the 352 English authorities.
The impression is sometimes given that we are on a one-way drive towards greater openness in public life, as more and more state information is constantly being revealed.
But in fact change is not always in the same direction. Public bodies sometimes cut back transparency, deciding to keep secret material which previously they might have disclosed. One example of this is the Metropolitan Police Special Branch, the section of the force whose duties have featured monitoring political subversion and which is now part of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.
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