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MIXED MESSAGES FROM FoI AWARDS

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Local government won brickbats and bouquets at the Campaign for Freedom of Information annual awards. ...
Local government won brickbats and bouquets at the Campaign for Freedom of Information annual awards.

Hampshire CC was recognised for a 'superb' website which provides 700,000 pages of information on everything from staff e-mail addresses to examination results for each school.

The campaign said that despite its vast range, the website provided helpful and accessible information in clear language.

Another of the eight awards went to a couple who played a major role in exposing expenses fraud and excess at Blaenau Gwent CBC. Glenys and Colin Francombe used s17 of the Local Government Finance Act 1982 to uncover practices which led to the conviction of 12 councillors on false accounting charges.

The pair also revealed that the cash-strapped council had spent almost£1,000 sending a group of members to support a 76-year-old local man performing a juggling act in a talent competition.
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