The new ICO guidance is a plain English guide aimed at public authorities and provides a basic overview of the law. It covers general compliance issues including routine publication of information, responding to requests, the fees charging regime, and complaints. Simple examples of requests to illustrate areas of the law as well as references to decisions are included. It will be a useful starting point for new staff members in colleges and universities whose role includes some involvement in FOI. Although running to fifty six pages, it may also prove useful as a training tool on general FOI awareness for all staff.
The Guide to Freedom of Information is available at http://www.ico.gov.uk/
Visit the JISC legal website for further resources on FOI including our latest FAQ’s at http://www.jisclegal.ac.uk/