Sunday, 19 June 2011

Register of Interests of public authority senior officers must be released

THE outside business dealings of senior town hall staff could soon be made public after Bolton Council was issued a High Court threat by the country’s information boss. 

The threat comes after transparency campaigner John Greenwood asked for details held on the council’s register of interests in a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

When the council refused, Mr Greenwood, from Breightmet, reported the council to the government’s Information Commissioner.

The commissioner has now ruled that the details of the register of interests should be released. The register records the name of council officers and any personal interests they have, such as ownership of property, family associations, business interests, shareholdings and membership of organisations that may conflict with their decision-making role.

My comment: This doesn't just apply to councils, all public authorities must be included. I can feel a few FOI request coming on :) And the walls came tumbling down!

Warning to all chemists, stock up on Imodium, there's going to be buying frenzy. :)

 Read the full story from the source The Bolton News

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