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The Government remains committed to Freedom of Information Act.

The Freedom of Information Act has played a major part in increasing openness and transparency by the public sector, and is very important in the drive to make public authorities more accountable to the people they serve.

In its response to the post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act, the Government said that the economic situation, and increased pressure on the budgets of public authorities, meant that it must consider how best to reduce burdens where we can do so without undermining transparency. The Government indicated a range of measures that it would consider further and intends to consult on proposals later this year.

The recent decision in the case of Information Commissioner v Devon County Council and Dransfield of 7 February 2013 provides welcome clarity and reassurance for local authorities who are faced with vexatious requests. The Government will update the Code of Practice under Section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act to reflect this decision.

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