Is it £94k or £1m? Manchester council want limited access to 'costly' FOIs... but don't know how much they spend a year - Mancunian Matters

Dia Chakravarty, the political director of campaign group The TaxPayers' Alliance, deemed this expenditure a ‘waste’, saying the money should be redirected to upholding transparency.

She told MM: “Councils who bemoan the cost of responding to FoI requests could save a lot of money and effort by making more information available to public of their own volition.

“Taxpayers have every right to scrutinise how their money is being spent and unless there is a compelling reason to withhold information, authorities must do more to be transparent.

“In any case, a council which complains about FoI costs but thinks nothing of wasting over a million pounds on communications and PR should re-examine its priorities.”

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Is it £94k or £1m? Manchester council want limited access to 'costly' FOIs... but don't know how much they spend a year - Mancunian Matters
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