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Changes to the Ombudsmen Act and official information legislation

Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987
Ombudsmen Act 1975
Official Information Act 1982
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This is a quick reference guide to changes to the Ombudsmen Act and official information legislation which came into effect on 26 March 2015. The changes to the official information legislation were made as part of the Government’s response to the Law Commission’s review of that legislation.

The guide covers:

  • Changes to the Ombudsmen Act
  • Changes to the official information legislation, including:
    • Form of requests
    • Partial transfers
    • Amended or clarified requests
    • Releasing in electronic form
    • Refusing a request where the document does not exist or cannot be found
    • New investigation functions, including deemed refusals and notification to Chief Archivist of refusals on certain administrative grounds 
    • LGOIMA-specific changes including independent contractors and the purpose of progressive availability
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