Introduction

The Constitution Unit, based in the Department of Political Science at University College London, has been awarded a research grant funded by the ESRC to evaluate the impact of the UK's Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 on local government. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey, your contribution to our study is greatly appreciated.

To help us to get a better understanding of FOI we need to speak to local authority officials and requesters. The survey asks your views about the process, as well as some of the benefits and obstacles involved in using FOI. Please use the boxes in the survey to let us know your opinions and views. If you have any questions about the survey please contact Ben Worthy via email at b.worthy@ucl.ac.uk or by calling 020 7679 4974.

Anonymity and Privacy

All questions are entirely voluntary and your answers will be anonymised in the analysis and publication stages. If you elect to provide your contact details at the end of the survey, your personal data will be used only for the purposes of academic research and will not be passed to any other organisation. The Constitution Unit will use the responses to the survey for statistical analysis purposes and to publish aggregated and anonymised results of the survey.

University College London is registered under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 and has a legal obligation to ensure that confidentiality of your personal information is maintained. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to request a copy of the data held about you by University College London for a small fee. If you have any concerns about the use of data for these purposes or would like a copy of the data supplied to us, please contact University College London, or write to the Data Protection Officer, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.


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