FOI Friday: School places, child exploitation, serial criminals and council home waits

How likely are you to get your child into a school? < Teesside Gazette Hundreds of schoolchildren in Middlesbrough are missing out on a place at their school of preference. Figures from a Freedom of Information request show that while places are in high demand, non of the town’s secondary schools were able to caterContinue reading “FOI Friday: School places, child exploitation, serial criminals and council home waits”

The 12 days of Local Pressmasness: 9 angry football clubs

Rows between football clubs and local newspapers are nothing new. But in 2013, I believe we saw a shifting of the sands which will eventually change the way we cover football clubs for the better. A quick appeal on Twitter earlier this week asking for football clubs which had fallen out with, or banned, theirContinue reading “The 12 days of Local Pressmasness: 9 angry football clubs”

FOI Friday: Credit card spending, charging for policing, domestic abuse homelessness and noisy people

10 good examples of FOI in action from the local, regional and national media: 1. Unpaid parking fines < < < Scunthorpe Telegraph Just shy of £250k has gone unpaid in Scunthorpe over the past three years. Not a new FOI request theme, but a relevant one: If councils are so hard up, then whyContinue reading “FOI Friday: Credit card spending, charging for policing, domestic abuse homelessness and noisy people”

FOI Friday: Rescuing fat people, dirty football grounds, spending on Facebook and young drink drivers

10 good examples of FOI in action from the local, regional and national media: 1. Bomb hoaxes at universities – Cambridge News Universities, as a rule, hate being covered by the Freedom of Information Act – which is one of the reasons I like to see stories generated by it. This one is interesting –Continue reading “FOI Friday: Rescuing fat people, dirty football grounds, spending on Facebook and young drink drivers”

FOI Friday: Dirty hospitals, re-employed redundant council workers, lost dogs and drug warrants

A fortnightly round-up of FOI-based stories which could be followed up anywhere… The secret past of would-be teachers < < < Sunday Sun POSSESSING explosives, being drunk while in charge of a child, death by reckless driving and indecent assault on a girl . . these are just some of the serious criminal convictions would-beContinue reading “FOI Friday: Dirty hospitals, re-employed redundant council workers, lost dogs and drug warrants”

FOI Friday: Bad living conditions, school repair backlogs, teen drug dealers and the return of schoolyard compo

  Revealing the findings of ‘neighbourhood renewal assessments’ – Stoke Sentinel Here’s one which could run and run across the country. The Stoke Sentinel reports on the findings of a council ‘neighbourhood renewal assessment’ – the likes of which are carried out by councils all over the place. A NEW report has painted a soberingContinue reading “FOI Friday: Bad living conditions, school repair backlogs, teen drug dealers and the return of schoolyard compo”

FOI Friday: Classroom languages, councillor pensions and criminals applying to be teachers

1. What land has your council sold? Interesting stuff from the BBC in London (although finding a link to their story was very hard, so I’ve linked to one from a local newspaper which credits the BBC at least). They used FOI to ask all London councils how many plots of land they have soldContinue reading “FOI Friday: Classroom languages, councillor pensions and criminals applying to be teachers”

FOI Friday: Maternity complaints, metal thefts, paying to access phone records and money from recycling,

  Complaints about maternity wards (Sunday Sun) A BABY was cut across the face as it was delivered by a routine Caesarean section procedure at a North hospital, the Sunday Sun reported after using FOI to get hold of details of complaints made about maternity units in the region. It was one of almost 200Continue reading “FOI Friday: Maternity complaints, metal thefts, paying to access phone records and money from recycling,”

FOI FRIDAY: Bail hearing notes, mystery foreign trips, smoking bans and relocation costs

    1. Using FOI to get transcripts of bail hearings (Lancashire Telegraph) Here’s a case for all reporters to keep in mind when dealing with stories which involve a question mark over whether the right decision was made at a bail hearing. The murder of Lancashire nurse Jane Clough by her ex-boyfriend Jonathan VassContinue reading “FOI FRIDAY: Bail hearing notes, mystery foreign trips, smoking bans and relocation costs”

FOI Friday: Council bosses and their expenses, dirty hospitals, police spying on neighbours and the problems with paracetamol

1. Hotel Stays I wonder if Andrea Hall, the chief executive of Suffolk County Council, agrees with Tony Blair that FOI was a big mistake. Thanks to FOI, we already know £12,000 was spenting on coaching sessions for her, not to mention the essential spending on posh profile pictures of her. In its latest FOIContinue reading “FOI Friday: Council bosses and their expenses, dirty hospitals, police spying on neighbours and the problems with paracetamol”