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Latest updates - last updated 21 August 2023

21 August 2023 - We have added the Keeping internal consultations on FOI requests timely and transparent resource to the Further reading section.

This guidance covers regulation 12(4)(e), the exception for internal communications, in detail, and is written for use by public authorities. Read it if you have questions not answered in the Guide, or if you need a deeper understanding to help you apply the exception in practice.

In detail

Latest updates

13 October 2022 - We have updated the guidance to reflect that the fact that an issue being “live” does not always favour maintaining the exception, regardless of the sensitivity of the information. This can be found in Public Interest Test – Safe Space Arguments