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The Commission was established on 17 July 2015 to review the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and was dissolved on 11 March 2016.

The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information was set up to consider:

  • whether there is an appropriate public interest balance between transparency, accountability and the need for sensitive information to have robust protection
  • whether the operation of the Act adequately recognises the need for a ‘safe space’ for policy development and implementation and frank advice
  • the balance between the need to maintain public access to information, the burden of the Act on public authorities and whether change is needed to moderate that while maintaining public access to information

The Commission’s final report was published on 1 March and the Commission was formally dissolved on 11 March 2016.

The Commission was an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Cabinet Office. Contact the Cabinet Office for any queries.

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