FOI Friday: Absestos claims against councils, zero hour contracts, councils with millions in the bank and police encounters with men in fancy dress

Absestos claims made against councils < Manchester Evening News own hall bosses throughout Greater Manchester are facing a ‘ticking timebomb’ of mounting claims from people struck down with conditions linked to deadly asbestos. Manchester council paid out almost £600,000 in damages to victims in the last year alone, an M.E.N. investigation has found. The 2013/14Continue reading “FOI Friday: Absestos claims against councils, zero hour contracts, councils with millions in the bank and police encounters with men in fancy dress”

FOI Friday: Blue badge worries, beasts in Cumbrian, thefts from councils and naughty cyclists

This week’s FOI list is dominated by two stories made possible by the BBC – a nationwide investigation into how well developer money given to councils is spent, followed by questions about how many people visit A and E more than once, which uncovered some people visiting more than 100 times a year!

FOI Friday: Truancy figures done properly, the data protection FOI strikes gold again, and a greater focus on public transport crime

  10 good examples of FOI in action from the local, regional and national press: 1. The injuries caused to postmen by dogs – Wales On Sunday Dog bites postman may not be the most original story of all time – but the injuries postmen in Wales receive when attacked by dogs was certainly eye-openingContinue reading “FOI Friday: Truancy figures done properly, the data protection FOI strikes gold again, and a greater focus on public transport crime”

FOI Friday: Problem families, housing benefit cheats, kids in cells and unsolved crimes

1. How many ‘problem families’ have moved into your area? It’s not often it’s worth flagging up an FOI request before a result has come back, but this is a little different. The Ledbury Reporter newspaper reports on how Ledbury Town Council is trying to find out how many ‘problem families’ have been allocated housingContinue reading “FOI Friday: Problem families, housing benefit cheats, kids in cells and unsolved crimes”

FOI Friday: Social workers, noisy sewing machines, weight-loss surgery and court fines

Cost of social workers soars The Eastern Daily Press used FOI to ask how much Suffolk County Council had been spending on hiring social workers. The story isn’t questioning the salaries of social workers, but the amount spent with agencies on getting the staff in, either temporary or full time. The county council spent nearlyContinue reading “FOI Friday: Social workers, noisy sewing machines, weight-loss surgery and court fines”

FOI Friday: Brothel raids, B&B costs, farm thefts and cautions for violent crimes

1.Houses of multiple occupancy Kicking off with a story which may not have been sourced under FOI, but which could be: The Liverpool ECHO reports on the number of properties which have been licensed for use as ‘houses of multiple occupancy’, of which just 25% had planning permission? Why is this an issue? Well, ifContinue reading “FOI Friday: Brothel raids, B&B costs, farm thefts and cautions for violent crimes”

FOI Friday: Rammed trains, enforced redundancies at councils and a gun licence for a 12-year-old

1. Reasons why teachers are disciplined The Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports on the number of teachers who faced disciplinary action last year, 69 in total. The local council also reported that the allegations included theft, child protection issues, gross misconduct and drugs misuse. (Source: Bradford Telegraph and Argus) 2. Restorative justice for children Remember theContinue reading “FOI Friday: Rammed trains, enforced redundancies at councils and a gun licence for a 12-year-old”

FOI Friday: Guns on the street, refunds for poor teaching, crimes in the town hall … and the hairbrush seized by cops

1. Guns off the streets Using the Freedom of Information Act, the Sunday Mercury in Birmingham reported on the number of guns which police had taken off the streets in the past three years – some 9,000. 2. Drugs cases involving youngsters in hospitals Sticking with the Sunday Mercury, it reported this week on aContinue reading “FOI Friday: Guns on the street, refunds for poor teaching, crimes in the town hall … and the hairbrush seized by cops”