Under current laws, companies and other organisations have been able to ignore requests for information about how they run services for the NHS, schools, prisons and local authorities.
As more and more of the public sector is being contracted out to private companies under this Government, less and less taxpayers’ money is subjected to the Freedom of Information legislation.
I would like to see a change in the law and an extension of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 so that the delivery of public services by private companies and charities will be subjected to the same openness and transparency as those run by the public sector. This would also aid the detection of corruption and profiteering and will make bidding for public contracts fairer.
People should be given the legal right to information about how their local health services are delivered, about how their local school is run and about the contracts to empty their bins and clean their streets.
The Government seems to be content to let organisations hide behind a veil of secrecy and make vast profits from the taxpayer, demonstrating yet again they are on the side of vested interests and not of individual people.