Sandwell Council has hailed a landmark ruling ordering the government to fully explain why it axed a schools’ modernisation programme.

The Information Commissioner has said it is in the public interest for details to be released about why Sandwell’s £125m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) was ended.

The move comes almost 18 months after the council made a Freedom of Information request about why funding was refused for BSF, affecting nine schools due for rebuilds or revamps.

From a Sandwell Council press release. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.