So, is this the end for the Freedom of Information Act as we know it?

The UK government has set up a commission to make it easier for civil servants in central government to deny requests, which is great for them but not so good for researchers, journalists and even lawyers in a criminal court.

There will be some form of change, but to what extent is unknown.

The commission’s remit “whether the operation of the Act adequately recognises the need for a ‘safe space’ for policy development and implementation and frank advice”, and whether complying with the act is too much of a burden.

The Commission will report to the Minister for the Cabinet Office and will publish its findings by the end of November.

The Prime Minister has also confirmed that policy responsibility for Freedom of Information policy will transfer from the Ministry of Justice to the Cabinet Office. This change will be effective from 17 July 2015.

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