ALTHOUGH Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan has been cleared of wrongdoing over allegations that he tampered with responses to Freedom of Information requests it’s clear lessons have been learned from the long-running saga.
The council accepts there was a lack of training on FOIs for councillors and no clear protocol in place about who ultimately had responsibility in the replies to people seeking the information.
According to the council chief executive Adrian Lythgo a “much tighter” framework is now in place.
FOIs have proved to be the bedrock of democracy in recent times, giving access to information that in the past would have been very difficult to find.
It is information that people have a right to know – after all councils have a responsibility to be open as to how taxpayers’ money is spent on its huge range of services – and this affair has brought the importance of FOIs very much to public prominence.