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Just who do they think they are? You pay their wages. But the so-called public servants who run councils, the NHS and police are uniting to keep you in the dark about their greed, incompetence and corruption
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The bosses - paid billions by the taxpayer - made a series of extraordinary claims that elderly care and children's services would suffer unless the Freedom of Information Act is curbed. This is despite the vital role the legislation has played in exposing corruption, incompetence, ill treatment and 'fat cat' pay and perks that drains vast sums from the Health Service, policing and council budgets. That includes Tricia Hart (left inset), the NHS chief executive who has a total pay package worth £1,26million and Conservative council leader for Cheshire East, Michael Jones (right inset), who lobbied for lucrative contracts on behalf of his physio Amanda Morris (pictured).

We say what you need to know: NHS bosses claim revelations don't justify cost of FOI investigations
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The Health Service swallows more than £2billion of taxpayers' money every week and is one of the biggest employers in the world, with 1.3million staff.

The council bosses who like to line their own pockets... and one who got physio £150,000 deals
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Yesterday a Conservatice council leader Michael Jones (pictured) resigned after an FoI request revealed that he had lobbied for lucrative contracts on behalf of his personal physio.

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/elite-uk-universities-bid-exemption-freedom-information-saying-were-not-public-bodies

The UK’s elite universities have asked the Government if they can be exempted from the Freedom of Information Act.

The Russell Group, which represents the UK’s 24 leading universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) has made the request to the Government’s Independent Commission on Freedom of Information which is currently considering ways to limit FoI.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Devon-council-bosses-say-journalists-pay-Freedom/story-28327341-detail/story.html

COUNCIL bosses have suggested journalists should have to pay for data released to them under the Freedom of Information Act.

A Government-appointed commission is currently reviewing the act, which has exposed a number of public sector scandals and uncovered information which would otherwise have remained hidden.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/nov/30/tory-mps-will-oppose-watering-down-freedom-of-information-act

More than a dozen Conservative MPs would oppose proposals to water down the freedom of information act if they are put to parliament, according to Tory MP David Davis.

The former Conservative home secretary said the fight to defend the legislation was “eminently winnable”, even if the government tried to bypass parliament to introduce measures such as charges for requests.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/freedom-information-mps-expenses-body-10543214

The body responsible for MPs’ expenses has said it should be allowed to refuse requests for information - because it costs too much to censor material before it is published.

Black Country MP Tom Watson (Lab West Bromwich East), Labour’s Deputy Leader, condemned the bizarre claim and said taxpayers have a “right to know what decisions are taken in their name”.

Will the Freedom of Information Act be watered down so the troughing can happen in secret? I mean who would have thought that people would use the Freedom of Information Act to hold officials to account rather them simply letting them getting away with it.

Who do the public think they are.....

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It doesnt apply to the BBC either. I have tried. They have a lame get out clause that allows them to just deny it.

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The NHS does a lot of out of court settlements with previous staff backed up with none-disclosure agreements.

That's nice and transparent of them.

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The NHS does a lot of out of court settlements with previous staff backed up with none-disclosure agreements.

That's nice and transparent of them.

They also use their virtually unlimited public money supply to intimidate, harrass, persecute, prosecute, and bankrupt whistleblowers.

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For me the big difference with these public company (Council or NHS) troughers, is I can't choose not to buy their product. If it were GM or UnionCarbide, I could choose not to invest in their shares, and maybe not buy their product. Their inflated salary is up to the shareholders, but with these public wonks, it isn't! :blink::ph34r:

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