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....More than 1,000 schools installed solar power in recent years to address climate change, educate pupils and provide a crucial new revenue stream to help squeezed budgets. But figures from 74 education authorities that responded to freedom of information requests show 821 schools with solar will together have to pay an extra £800,000 a year in business rates from April because of taxation changes. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... More than 12m customers received payouts between April 2011 and November 2015, according to the National Audit Office. The new PPI policy figures emerged from a freedom of information request made by Mark Davies, an adviser to a claims management company, We Fight Any Claim. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Ministers have insisted the deal will be good value for money for taxpayers, who funded the bank’s launch in 2012, and that its “green purposes” of funding renewable energy and other environmentally sound projects will be protected by a special share owned by the government. But Greenpeace said that documents it had obtained from the Green Investment Bank via freedom of information requests showed the special share would not rule out the privatised bank investing in fossil fuels. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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SNP demands to see UK government's Brexit 'promises' to Nissan image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 12:57:04 AM
....The UK government refused to provide details, claiming it had to respect commercial confidentiality. The SNP said ministers had "flagrantly" breached freedom of information law. ...
Schools with solar panels face £1.8m bill due to business rates rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 11:54:42 AM
....More than 1,000 schools installed solar power in recent years to address climate change, educate pupils and provide a crucial new revenue stream to help squeezed budgets. But figures from 74 education authorities that responded to freedom of information requests show 821 schools with solar will together have to pay an extra £800,000 a year in business rates from April because of taxation changes. ...
Just one in five complaints about potential mis-sold PPI  made so far image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 05:36:47 PM
.... More than 12m customers received payouts between April 2011 and November 2015, according to the National Audit Office. The new PPI policy figures emerged from a freedom of information request made by Mark Davies, an adviser to a claims management company, We Fight Any Claim. ...
Green Investment Bank: Australian bidder woos MPs as protests continue image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 10:33:25 AM
.... Ministers have insisted the deal will be good value for money for taxpayers, who funded the bank’s launch in 2012, and that its “green purposes” of funding renewable energy and other environmentally sound projects will be protected by a special share owned by the government. But Greenpeace said that documents it had obtained from the Green Investment Bank via freedom of information requests showed the special share would not rule out the privatised bank investing in fossil fuels. ...
It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts | Paul Monaghan image
.... The Public Services (Social Value) Act of 2012 requires local authorities to consider how the services they propose to procure “might improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing” of the area in which the services are to be provided. Yet, for example, freedom of information requests carried out by Social Enterprise UK in 2016 reveal that just a third of councils in England routinely consider social value in their procurement and commissioning. ...
140 JD Sports staff taken to hospital from one warehouse in four years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of January 2017 02:57:00 PM
....At least 140 people have been taken to hospital after incidents at JD Sports’s controversial warehouse in Rochdale in the last four years. A freedom of information request obtained by the Guardian shows that ambulances have been dispatched to the site 166 times in the last four years, with 140 of these incidents leading to someone being transported to hospital. ...
Trans-Pacific Partnership: trade officials don't know how it would work without US image
....The trade minister, Steve Ciobo, met leaders from Japan, Canada, Mexico, Singapore and New Zealand last week in Switzerland to discuss ways to “take the TPP forward” without the US, given the deal was too important “not to do all we can to see [it] enter into force”, he said on Sunday. But freedom of information documents show the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFat) has not been asked to model how the TPP would affect Australia’s economy if the agreement went ahead without the US. ...
Grandparents miss out on tax credits that could boost state pension image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of January 2017 02:57:04 PM
....As many as 100,000 grandparents are missing out on national insurance credits that could boost their state pension by thousands of pounds over the course of their retirement, a former minister has claimed. The former Liberal Democrat MP Steve Webb, now director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London, said a freedom of information request to HM Revenue & Customs had laid bare the “massive non-take-up” of a scheme designed to help grandparents who make sacrifices to help their children get back to work after the birth of a child. ...
Rail franchise mandarin's board gave Southern contract to client of his company image
.... When asked to state the last time it used FCP, c2c did not respond. Whitehall documents obtained by the Guardian under freedom of information legislation show that in January 2013, Wilkinson declared he was a director of FCP and owned shares in the company. ...
Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest faces fracking threat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 06:38:33 PM
....Campaigners have called on the government to block any possible fracking and protect the forest. According to documents obtained under freedom of information request by Friends of the Earth, Ineos could be working within 200 metres of the Major Oak, a 1,000-year old tree that in folklore sheltered Robin Hood and his merry men. ...
Government Digital Service faces a brain drain image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 08:51:44 AM
....An opposition MP has said the news is "alarming". A BBC freedom of information request revealed that the GDS lost 10 senior civil servants - of deputy director level and above - across the 2015-16 financial year. ...
Energy firms held £4bn in overpayments image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 02:58:22 PM
.... Ofgem has previously calculated that a typical customer's credit balance peaks at a little over £100 each year. Figures obtained from energy regulator Ofgem through a freedom of information request reveal that, in October 2015, the UK's energy suppliers held a total of £3. ...
Bank of England prepares to protect City firms from hard Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 27th of November 2016 07:32:00 PM
....The governor and about 2,500 Bank staff, policymakers and their families attended its annual summer sports day, at a cost of £99,035 to the public purse. The Bank insisted it “carefully budgeted” for the Governors’ Day get-together on 10 July at its sports ground in Roehampton, south-west London, according to a freedom of information request by the Press Association. ...
Adopt Swedish-style shareholder committee on pay, says MP image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of September 2016 08:30:09 AM
.... . The FRC wanted to say it had the government's backing, but now emails obtained under a freedom of information request showed the government actually refused to back the FRC's position and ordered it to tone down a response to the legal opinion. ...
The state pension top-up that no one seems to want image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of August 2016 06:01:06 AM
....So why the low take-up? The scheme was unveiled in the December 2013 autumn statement and received quite a bit of publicity. But data provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in response to a freedom of information request by Old Mutual Wealth shows that just 3,848 people took advantage of the scheme during its first six months. ...
DVLA disputes £400m revenue loss following abolition of tax disc image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of August 2016 02:39:38 PM
....The decision to scrap paper car tax discs cost the government more than £400m in revenue in the first 12 months after the change came into effect, official figures suggest. Data obtained by the Financial Times through a freedom of information request shows that in the 12 months following the abolition, from October 2014 to September 2015, the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency collected £5. ...

Romanian murderer could receive £500,000 payout for being unlawfully detained at an immigration centre 
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.... . The government paid out £4m in 2014-15 to people were held unlawfully in immigration detention centres, a freedom of information request by the BBC discovered earlier this year. ...

Airlines warn Britain's airports are becoming a 'wild west' with fast food chains and coffee shops selling alcohol to passengers 
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.... . Figures released under freedom of information laws showed at least 442 people were held after incidents on planes between March 2014 and March 2016. ...
North-east London suburb tops 'most difficult driving test' league table image
....The insurer also looked into the most common reasons for failing a driving test. A freedom of information request revealed lack of observation at junctions was the number one cause, closely followed by not checking mirrors enough. ...

'Air rage' crackdown as ministers consider ban on 24-hour airport drinking
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.... Foreign airlines have even resorted to restraining passengers with seatbelts and adhesive tape. Figures released under freedom of information laws showed at least 442 people were held after incidents on planes between March 2014 and March 2016. ...

Transport for London made £277m in five years from incomplete journeys
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of July 2016 10:00:11 AM
.... There were 15. 1m of these journeys in 2015, according to a freedom of information request. ...
90,000 parents fined for taking children out of school in term-time image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of July 2016 11:01:28 PM
....6m in the last full academic year for taking their children on holiday during term-time, according to research. Lancashire county council issued the highest number of financial penalties – 4,279 – in the 2014-15 school year, according to Santander bank, which received responses from 129 of the 174 local authorities responsible for education in England and Wales following a freedom of information (FoI) request. ...
Are England’s academies becoming a cash cow for business? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of June 2016 08:00:18 AM
....“It prompted lots of questions – but not many answers,” said Pete Challis, Unison’s national officer responsible for local government. After Blue Support won the contract for Colchester Academy, Bright Tribe failed to provide the required details of the procurement process, prompting Unison to put in a freedom of information request on 14 August 2015. ...
Graduates who keep on paying after they’ve cleared their student debts image
.... Official figures show graduates overpay on their student loan debt by millions of pounds each year, prompting calls for an overhaul of the system. More than 78,800 graduates who took out student loans between 1998 and 2011 overpaid by an average of £580 each during the 2013-14 tax year, according to a freedom of information request submitted to the SLC by accountancy firm Baker Tilly. ...
EDF's Hinkley Point deal over radioactive waste sparks anger image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 30th of May 2016 04:05:27 PM
....A furious row has broken out after the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) refused to disclose the arrangement with EDF for dealing with radioactive waste at the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. The information commissioner’s office has turned down a freedom of information (FoI) request for state aid arrangements between the UK and the European commission to be made public. ...
The Guardian view on the Land Registry sell-off: hands off this national asset | Editorial image
....The Competition and Markets Authority – Britain’s main competition watchdog – took the unusual step this week of warning that selling the Land Registry would give any new owner a monopoly on highly valuable information, with no incentive to allow others access to it. This might mean that the 24m title deeds are removed from the freedom of information laws – and so the public would lose their right to find out who owns the very land they live on. ...
Cost of residential parking permits rises 50% in five years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of May 2016 12:37:36 PM
.... This was followed by Manchester city council, where some motorists pay £750, Edinburgh (£600) and the London Borough of Islington (£545). Figures released by councils in response to freedom of information requests from esure show they received more than £44m from residential permits in 2014-15. ...
Row over 'secret' Hinkley Point documents set to reach tribunal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of March 2016 04:09:13 PM
....An 18-month battle to discover the true cost to consumers of building the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactors is to come to a climax in London. The information commissioner has been blocking freedom of information requests to publish subsidy documents held by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. ...
Tree planting 'offset' allowing miners to destroy ecosystems image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of March 2016 01:42:13 AM
....Planting trees on old mine sites can count as an “offset”, allowing miners to destroy native ecosystems elsewhere, despite documents showing government staff recommended against the move. The revelations appear in documents obtained under freedom of information laws by the NSW Nature Conservation Council and revealed by Fairfax Media. ...
BP to end Tate sponsorship after 26 years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of March 2016 09:53:21 AM
....8m, given in annual amounts varying between £150,000 and £330,000 – an average of £224,000 a year. The revelation, which came after Tate lost a case at a freedom of information tribunal, put into the spotlight BP’s sponsorship of arts institutions, including the Royal Opera House, the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Shakespeare Company. ...
Attack of the cloners sees drivers caught up in number plate fraud image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of February 2016 07:00:02 AM
....”. The RAC carried out a freedom of information request of all police forces to see how common plate cloning is, but the data is patchy. ...
Office for Budget Responsibility under fire over 'non-factual changes' to reports image
....”. Chote, who is in his second term at the OBR, had said he was capable of telling Treasury officials to “buzz off” at a hearing of the Treasury committee which had raised questions about the correspondence after they were obtained by the Times through a freedom of information request. ...
TTIP deal poses 'real and serious risk' to NHS, says leading QC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 22nd of February 2016 07:30:54 AM
....Campaigners have already accused the government of blocking access to legal advice showing its impact on the health service and the extent to which private health companies could sue the government using a secret tribunal system if a Whitehall policy change were to hit their profits. Unite said that Maude has admitted to having legal advice concerning the TTIP’s potential impact on the NHS but has blocked a freedom of information request to obtain the advice, citing “legal professional privilege”. ...
Revealed: tax credit data exposes limits of Cameron's 'emergency brake' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 4th of February 2016 06:44:31 PM
....“We have a deal on the table and there is clearly some detail still to be filled in, and that is what we are doing over the next couple of weeks,” the No 10 aide said. The figures were obtained through freedom of information requests to HMRC. ...
Anger as government blocks TTIP legal documents relating to health service image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of January 2016 07:50:23 PM
.... The TTIP is an attempt by the US and EU to renegotiate thousands of trade tariffs and reduce the regulatory burden on exporters. The business secretary, Sajid Javid, said in answer to a freedom of information request that disclosing the legal documents would make civil servants cautious when they “need space in which to seek candid advice from their lawyers”. ...
Bank levy cuts prove chancellor dances to City's tune, John McDonnell says image
....McDonnell said the reports were “yet another example of how George Osborne dances to the tune of whatever the bankers call for, and everyone else is a second thought”. Following freedom of information requests, the Evening Standard reported on Friday that the CBI, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and the British Bankers’ Association all called on the government to lower the levy after it was first introduced in 2010 in response to the financial crisis. ...
City regulator denies Treasury influence in decision to drop banking review image
....The City regulator has defended its decision to drop a review into banking culture and insists the Treasury did not use its influence to encourage a softer approach towards the industry. Responding to a freedom of information request, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said: “We did not consult with any external body when considering whether we should discontinue our thematic review of culture in banks . ...
Revealed: how Google enlisted members of US Congress it bankrolled to fight $6bn EU antitrust case image
....An investigation by the Guardian into Google’s multifaceted lobbying campaign in Europe has uncovered fresh details of its activities and methods. Based on documents obtained under a freedom of information request and a series of interviews with EU officials, MEPs and Brussels lobbyists, the investigation has also found:. ...
Nine firms apply for fracking rights image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of December 2015 01:47:24 PM
....Nine companies have applied for licences to carry out fracking operations beneath 1,900 sq km of land in Scotland, it has been revealed. The information was given by the UK government in response to a freedom of information request by the Ferret investigative journalism website. ...
Carlos Slim: biography of Mexico's richest man penetrates 'cloak of silence' image
....Slim’s late wife was a cousin of Lebanese presidents Bashir and Amin Gemayel, and his immigrant father was linked to the rightwing Lebanese Kataeb party, accused of massacres in refugee camps in Lebanon. Using freedom of information requests, Osorno also documents how Slim’s brother Julian, who died in 2011, apparently interrogated suspected leftist insurgents while a member of Mexico’s feared, now defunct, intelligence agency the federal security directorate (DFS). ...
Independent West End businesses fight back against spiralling rents image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of November 2015 12:20:50 PM
.... “With a big chain they can cut the costs right down elsewhere in the business. We need to slow down what is happening with freedom of information on rents. ...
The rogue landlords exploiting the deepening UK housing crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of November 2015 02:40:01 PM
....”. Figures released this summer following a freedom of information case against the Ministry of Justice, showed that there were just 2,006 convictions of rogue landlords between 2006 and 2014. ...
Science Museum ends sponsorship deal with Shell image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of November 2015 01:44:43 PM
....The Science Museum will not renew a controversial sponsorship deal with Shell in which the oil company provided significant funding for its high-profile climate change exhibition. The museum in London answered a freedom of information request saying: “No, the Science Museum Group [formerly the National Museum of Science & Industry] does not have plans to renew its existing sponsorship deal or initiate a new deal or funding agreement with Royal Dutch Shell. ...
125 foreign real estate buyers use tax office amnesty to declare ownership image
. One hundred and twenty-five foreign investors have taken up an amnesty offer from the Australian Tax Office to declare their ownership of real estate, according to documents obtained by Guardian Australia from a freedom of information request. ...
Most workers 'will be worse off at retirement' under new universal state pension image
....”. Earlier this year, a freedom of information request by financial advisers Hargreaves Lansdown found that 1. ...
Landlords taking £5.6bn in rent on homes that 'don’t meet legal standards' image
....Related: North London landlord tops list of housing offence convictions. But figures obtained by the Residential Landlords Association via freedom of information requests showed that 2,006 landlords have been convicted in the last eight years, with the average fine handed down standing at £1,500, according to the Times’ report. ...
Ambulances called to Sports Direct HQ more than 80 times in two years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 5th of October 2015 11:52:08 AM
....”. The company also told the BBC there were only 24 calls directly to its warehouse during the period covered by the freedom of information request. ...
Artists pledge to spurn oil company cash image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of September 2015 06:00:03 AM
....The BP sponsorship “is really not that much money”, argued Galkina. “We’ve shown through a really lengthy freedom of information process that it represents half a per cent of Tate’s total income. ...
Millions of UK public sector pensions 'exposed to risky fossil fuel investments' image
....org. There are 101 local government pension schemes covering the nation’s 418 councils and, using freedom of information requests, campaigners at 350. ...
Caroline Flint urges 'protected' energy tariff for vulnerable customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of September 2015 08:19:55 AM
....Flint pointed out that the independent Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had said that households were being overcharged by £1bn a year, but the only action the government had taken was to write a letter the big six energy companies. Parts of that letter sent by the energy secretary, Amber Rudd, in June were briefed to the media, but a freedom of information request to get the whole letter released, as well as the responses from the energy firms, has so far failed amid claims from the department that the letter may have policy implications. ...
Government delays revealing identities of RBS share buyers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of September 2015 03:24:12 PM
....Around 60% of the shares sold were bought by hedge funds in a sell-off that reduced the taxpayer stake from 79% to just below 73%. UKFI – whose boss, James Leigh-Pemberton, will give evidence to the Treasury select committee of MPs on Tuesday – is yet to decide whether to reply fully to a freedom of information request asking for the identities of the buyers. ...
Bailiffs 'sent in more than 2m times' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of August 2015 09:47:15 AM
....". For its research the MAT made freedom of information requests to all 375 councils in England and Wales, and received replies from 95% of them. ...
27,000 uninsured cars seized by police this year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of August 2015 11:02:10 PM
.... Last year, 70,430 cars were taken by the police. The information comes from freedom of information requests to the UK’s police forces on 2 June and the analysis is based on responses from the 23 forces that responded fully. ...
Council use of bailiffs to chase debts jumps 16% in two years, charity reports image
....The use of bailiffs by local authorities to chase people who have fallen behind on their council tax or parking fines has shot up in the past two years, in the face of repeated calls for debt collection reforms. According to the charity Money Advice Trust (Mat), which collected the data after a freedom of information request to every council in England and Wales, the use of bailiffs, now legally known as enforcement agents, is up 16% in the past two years, with 2. ...
Cremation costs have jumped by a third since 2010 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of August 2015 04:15:56 PM
....The average cost of a cremation in the UK has soared by a third since 2010 as a result of a “drastic increase” in running and operational costs, according to official figures obtained by the BBC. An adult cremation now costs an average of £640 – up from £480 five years ago, according to freedom of information responses from local authorities that run crematoriums. ...
HMRC is taking 20pc longer to look into your tax affairs image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of August 2015 11:45:04 AM
.... . The figures were obtained through a freedom of information request by insurance firm PFP. ...
North London landlord tops list of housing offence convictions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 11:01:02 PM
.... Housing experts called for tougher penalties, and suggested that some landlords regarded fines as “a business expense”, rather than a deterrent. The list of convicted landlords was put together by Environmental Health News (EHN) after it won a freedom of information case against the Ministry of Justice, forcing the MoJ to release the names of individuals and letting agents who had been prosecuted for providing poor quality or unlicensed homes. ...
Barclays more scrutinised than any other UK high street bank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of July 2015 07:00:15 PM
....Barclays was subjected to more regulatory attention than any other UK high street bank in 2014, receiving 186 visits from the Financial Conduct Authority’s officials. The high level of regulatory scrutiny on the bank was revealed by a freedom of information request. ...
Councils to expose developers' 'murky' viability claims to increase cheap homes image
....”. One viability assessment was released last month following a freedom of information battle. ...
Fracking 'could lower house prices' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of July 2015 06:27:48 PM
....". The internal document - called 'Shale Gas: Rural Economy Impacts' - had several key sections obscured when it was published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) last summer in response to a request under freedom of information laws. ...
‘L’ is for licence revoked as DVLA errors make learner drivers out of old hands image
....“I’ve had couriers and HGV drivers come to me who have lost their jobs because of this, and 50-year-old bikers who have had a licence for 20 years until they applied to update it,” he says. In its response to a freedom of information request submitted by Chapman, the DVLA insists it retains all driving entitlements on computer and microfiche, and destroys only the licence applications after a 10-year period. ...
Taxman pays record £600,000 to informants  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 15th of June 2015 09:24:26 AM
. Payments to tax informants have leaped by 50pc over the past year, figures obtained under a freedom of information request show. ...
Ireland ministers launch inquiry into Anglo Irish Bank transactions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of June 2015 06:10:11 PM
.... Each transaction resulted in a capital loss of €10m or more to the taxpayer, including the sale of Siteserv. Details of the Siteserv sale were brought to light by Murphy who has tabled questions and submitted freedom of information requests on the subject over the past six months. ...
Ten years on, anger grows as tax breaks still boost buy-to-let image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 30th of May 2015 05:59:03 AM
....Buy-to-let has sent home ownership in Britain careering into reverse. Ten years on, a freedom of information request this week has revealed that the value of these tax breaks ballooned to £14bn in 2012-13. ...
Non-dom status claimed by 800 UK-born taxpayers living in Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of May 2015 06:10:33 PM
....Related: Non-dom status: living and working in the UK, without paying all your tax in the UK. A Reuters freedom of information request to HMRC has discovered that about 800 individuals with non-dom tax status were born in Britain and are tax resident in the country. ...
Landlords £14billion buy-to-let tax breaks image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of May 2015 06:06:00 PM
.... Landlords can use tax breaks to offset the cost of mortgage interest, a perk that amounted to £6. 3billion in the financial year 2012-13, according to figures disclosed after a freedom of information request by The Guardian. ...
Landlords enjoy £14bn tax breaks as figures reveal buy-to-let expansion image
....3bn in tax relief against the cost of mortgage interest alone in the 2012-13 financial year. The scale of the tax breaks was revealed by HM Revenue & Customs after a freedom of information request. ...
Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of April 2015 06:00:06 AM
.... Proponents of renewable energy say this was a key missed opportunity to give a strong signal to investors that the EU was serious about clean energy. Now documents released to the Guardian under freedom of information laws show that as far back as October 2011, Shell had begun lobbying the Barroso, who was succeeded by Jean-Claude Juncker last November, to scrap the bloc’s existing formula for linking carbon-cutting goals with binding renewable energy laws. ...
Cowboy clampers now arrive wearing DVLA badges image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of April 2015 06:00:10 AM
....One campaigner, Derek Scott, has an online petition opposing the measure. His freedom of information request to the DVLA revealed that in the four months to the end of January, there were 420,000 cases of double taxation. ...
Just when hope and courage are called for, Labour promises bean-counting image
.... Surely that’s where the benefit cap should be imposed? But on all these issues, Labour says nothing. There is some good in its manifesto: Raising the minimum wage; banning zero-hours contracts; repealing the health and social care act and ending the bedroom tax; restoring Sure Start centres; reducing the voting age to 16; extending the freedom of information act to privatised public services – these are progressive measures. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 13th of March 2015 11:36:26 PM
.... However, the majority of fraud victims are ordinary people, often elderly, not sophisticated corporations. So it is unreasonable to expect them to be able to search court records and make freedom of information requests to make sure the person they are dealing with is not a convicted fraudster. ...
State pension: 'Only 45%' to get full new payout image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of January 2015 10:53:27 AM
.... This only applies to new retirees from April 2016, rather than the 11 million people who already receive the state pension. A freedom of information request submitted by investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown reveals that 45% of those retiring between 2016 and 2020 will get the full amount. ...
Less than half of workers will get full 'flat rate' state pension image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 12th of January 2015 06:01:08 AM
.... . Mr McPhail, who obtained the information on payouts from the Government through freedom of information laws, said the formula for calculating new state pension entitlement was complicated. ...
How the taxman is collecting more revenue from personal tax investigations  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of November 2014 08:38:54 AM
.... . Figures released under a freedom of information request, revealed in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday, found the amount of tax collected from investigations into self-assessed individual taxpayers stood at £845m in 2013/14, compared with £609 million in 2012/13, an increase of 39pc. ...
Informants given record £400,000 by 'desperate' taxman image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 26th of October 2014 07:00:02 AM
.... . A freedom of information request revealed HMRC paid out £402,160 in total, marking a 30 per cent rise in such “rewards” in three years. ...
G4S and Serco pay out £100,000 in youth restraint claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of October 2014 06:46:11 PM
.... Only government officials, custody officers, and a select group of experts know what ministers have authorised. Earlier this year, children’s rights campaigner Carolyne Willow made a freedom of information request to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to see the unredacted version of the manual. ...
The Lib Dems don’t deserve any credit for the recovery image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of August 2014 03:51:21 PM
.... . It might be a superficially attractive idea, especially at a time when people are becoming increasingly paranoid about the data collected by the giant web firms, but, in truth, it is citizens that need freedom of information, not customers. ...
Diary: Blair to the right, Abbott to the left that's what's eating Ed Miliband image
....• After much consideration, we decide that we will continue to press the US department of defence for disclosure of 2002-03 Iraq war correspondence between George Bush's defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his UK equivalent Geoff Hoon. You will recall that we first submitted a freedom of information request on this matter 11 years ago. ...

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