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Workload spawned by Freedom of Information requests

BBC FoI journalist offers opinion on Manx act

The Island's Freedom of Information Act will ensure greater transparency in the work of government - but the Manx public should be realistic about how much data can be produced.

That view from the BBC's Laura Ellis, who's in charge of Freedom of Information for English Regions.

Last week a timetable was published for the landmark act to start in the Isle of Man.

From next February, residents will have a legal right to gain information from public bodies, although initially only from the Cabinet Office and a single government department.

Ms Ellis says it's a welcome step forward, but those asking the questions should be aware of the work involved answering them:

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