Freedom of Information Act 'should be for private firms too'
The Freedom of Information Act should be updated to include "any body funded by the taxpayer" said a Labour councillor.
The act applies to local and central government - allowing the public to ask for details about how they work - but not to the private companies and voluntary firms who carry out work for them.
Theo Blackwell, the London Borough of Camden Council cabinet member for finance, said it meant a "complex web of private contracts" is not subject to as much scrutiny.
He said: "It is time for the private sector firms to work by public sector rules if they want our contracts."