Cost: £399 + VAT
Speaker: Susan Wolf
This interactive workshop is aimed at people working in public authorities who have some responsibility for the day-to-day handling of Freedom of Information Act requests. It provides an overview of the main parts of the Act and in particular focusses on how to handle requests in a timely and effective manner that meets the requirements of the Act.The workshop also introduces the different types of exemptions which may be used to withhold information. The day is aimed at beginners or people who wish to refresh their basic knowledge.
The expert tutor brings the workshop to life with real life examples, practical scenarios and interactive exercises.
- Freedom of Information Act background and purpose
- Publication Schemes
- Identifying and clarifying valid requests
- Handling request, advising, and assisting and time scales
- Refusals based on cost
- Vexatious and repeated requests
- The Part 2 exemptions
- Refusal Notices
- Complaints and ICO enforcement
It was very well delivered and Iain clearly had great knowledge and experience of the subject matter. Unfortunately, the group didn't really engage with Iain much at all (which must have been rather off-putting for him!) but despite this, he did a great job of delivering the info and hosting the session.
GP, Barnet Homes
Very informative and concise training. Speaker was engaging and knowledgeable, providing a great level of detail.
LC, Office of the Durham, Police, Crime and Victims\' Commissioner
The FOI A-Z course gave me a good overview and understanding of FOI, being new to it in an Information Governance role and needed a broad knowledge of what is covered under FOI.
DM, Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Information was clearly set out and provided in a well considered format. The course was informative and gave detailed information in an easy to follow and understand way. Susan was friendly and approachable making for a relaxed atmosphere.
SR, London Borough of Havering