Freedom of Information headlines/roundup from the week ending 23th November 2012. Freedom of Information headlines/roundup from the week ending 23th November 2012. [<a href=”//storify.com/FOIdirectory/freedom-of-information-headlines-roundup-week-endi” target=”_blank”>View the story “Freedom of Information headlines/roundup week ending 23rd November 2012” on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1>Freedom of Information headlines/roundup week ending 23rd November 2012</h1> <h2>Freedom of Information act roundup of news from the United Kingdom for the week ending 23rd November. Created by @FOIDirectory. </h2> <p>Storified by FOI Directory · Fri, Nov 23 2012 05:55:22</p> <div><b>The story in the media the Freedom of Information has the most notoriety for is back. </b><b><br /></b><b>MPs’ expenses are under scrutiny again. This time they fall well within the guidelines governing them but appear to be at the deep end of the ethical swimming pool (it is a thing). </b><br /><b>Channel 4’s Dispatches show has revealed the list of 300 MPs’ landlords. Some of these include MPs renting from other MPs and claiming taxpayers money from it. </b></div> <div>Landlord list reveals names in new MPs’ expenses row – Channel 4 NewsThe new investigation into MPs’ expenses comes more than two years after new rules came in, banning MPs claiming expenses for mortgages b…</div> <div><b>The story quickly moved on from the initial publication with the media picking up that 50 MPs had their landlords’ details redacted in the FOI response. </b></div> <div>Row over MPs’ secret landlordsMPs are embroiled in a fresh expenses row after more than 50 of them were allowed to keep the name of their landlord secret for security …</div> <div>The list published so far is here. </div> <div>So for anyone looking for the #FOI request on #MPexpenses http://yfrog.com/oefq0ddjStuart Long</div> <div>You can watch the full Dispatches show, which includes a magical mystery tour to MPs’ houses here. </div> <div>Dispatches – 4oDDispatches on 4 on Demand. Watch Dispatches online when you want on 4oD. Using undercover filming, reporter Jackie Long investigates the …</div> <div><b>While we’re on MPs’ expenses. 135 MPs have claimed for 144 iPads. Seven MPs have claimed for 2 and one has claimed for three. </b></div> <div>Apple scruMPersPoliticians stocking up on iPads…all on expenses SHAMELESS MPs are stocking up on iPads on taxpayer-funded expenses. Freedom of Informa…</div> <div><b>The Scottish National Party have accused one FOI requester of wasting public money after it was revealed the individual submitted 85 requests to the government, over their summer recess. </b><b><br /></b><b>They say the individual’s requests have cost £23,000 and amounted for 14% of requests in that period. </b><b><br /></b>The criticism may be politically motivated as Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond told parliament last month that a labour researcher had accounted for the same percentage of requests as the unnamed individual. </div> <div>SNP attacks FOI ‘money-waster’The SNP has attacked an individual who submitted a series of requests for Scottish government information. The party accused the unnamed …</div> <div><b>Five 11-year-olds who are not even old enough to be legally able to drive have been banned from driving, a FOI request has revealed. </b><b><br /></b>In total 5,333 under-age offenders have been given driving bans since 2009.</div> <div>Britain’s youngest banned drivers revealedThousands have been disqualified before they’re old enough to drive</div> <div><b>Worrying figures have been revealed that children have been held in police cells for up to 24 hours because officer thought they were mentally ill. </b><b><br /></b><b>Last year alone there were 347 cases of children they suspected as being mentally ill being put behind bars. </b><b><br /></b>The children detained by police had not necessarily committed any crimes. </div> <div>Children detained in police cellsChildren as young as 11 were held in police cells in England and Wales in 2011 because officers thought they were mentally ill, the BBC h…</div> <div><b>For those interested in the technicalities of the act the new consultation into datasets has been opened and you can have your say until January 13th. </b></div> <div>Consultation opens on new draft code of practice for public authority datasets & FOI http://bit.ly/UgFusMMartin Rosenbaum</div> <div>Also the beloved FOI man has been blogging again. 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