IoM freedom of information act consultation extended

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A public consultation about plans for freedom of information legislation in the Isle of Man has been extended by two weeks, it has been announced.

A government spokesman said the extension was requested by Douglas Corporation.

The consultation, launched last month, will now run until 4 April.

The spokesman said the proposals were designed to "strike a balance between openness, confidentiality and affordability".

A Freedom of Information Act was introduced in the UK in 2005.

The Isle of Man's version of the legislation would not apply to information pre-dating the start of the current government in October 2011.

It would only be available to Isle of Man residents and its introduction would be phased in across different departments, statutory boards, and the local authorities.

The consultation document is available online.

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