[wdmmg-discuss] Interesting rejection of a FOI request
lisa.evans at okfn.org
Tue Jul 13 21:54:39 BST 2010
I should also add that the WGA is stored in COINS, but none of the WGA was
included in the COINS publication.
On Tue, 13 Jul 2010, Lisa Evans wrote:
> The whole of government accounts (WGA) has been running every year, for 10
> years, and during this time the public have seen exactly zero results from
> the exercise.
> The WGA gives a very detailed picture of the financial health of every
> government funded body -- so clearly would be really useful to where does my
> money go.
> I was told by the small team at the Communities and Local Government that the
> WGA 2008/09 is sitting in the Treasury. I was also told that two departments
> failed the WGA audit (the department of health and the ministry of defense),
> which led to none of it being published.
> So I asked for that report (minus the results for the two departments that
> failed the audit):
> The rejection I got was unlike anything else I have received.
> They have the information I requested, but the reponse when to on say:
> "Ministers and officials need space in which to develop policy, including
> space for the development of policy through an interative process of testing
> and refining ideas. This process could be weakened if information was
> released prematurely or when proposals where not finalised, as this could
> lead to poorer decision-making".
> Any suggestions for how to proceed are most welcome.
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