Missing children, Ferry McFerryface: This week in FOI
In the last seven days – January 28 to February 3 – Freedom of Information requests taught us:
These children were not registered at a school or getting education from elsewhere
50,000 children were ‘missing’ from education last year
Almost 50,000 children were recorded as “missing” from education last year, according to new research by the National Children’s Bureau.
An Australian minister decided to take a public vote into his own hands
Ferry McFerryface unmasked: FOI reveals minister chose name, not the public
Channel Nine request reveals voters wanted ferry named after Clean Up Australia founder Ian Kiernan
People living in London have been overcharged for their water bills
At least 170,000 London council tenants due back MILLIONS after being overcharged for water bills
Local authorities have set aside millions of pounds to refund renters following a landmark legal ruling
Labour is attempting to extend FOI laws
Louise Haigh: Why we need FOI laws to cover the shadow state of outsourcing
Those in power have had a long and difficult relationship with freedom of information. And, like much that challenges government, it has met resistance every step of the way: the Thatcher administration was so concerned in the 1980s it warned that FOI would reduce the sovereignty of Parliament itself.
Schools are seeing a rise in hate crime
Hate crime in schools up by 62% in a year
The number of transgender-related hate offences at or near schools has more than doubled in a year, police statistics reveal
A London speed camera has been incredibly busy
One camera raked in £519K in fines for ‘banned’ right turn, signage criticised
ONE camera has managed to net a council in London £519,000 in 15 months in fines, with the signage criticised by one driver caught.
865 drivers with convictions have been given taxi licences
Thousands of taxi and private hire drivers allowed to work despite criminal convictions, research suggests
Campaigners demand changes to regime that is 'not fit for purpose'
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