Charity inquiry effectiveness v. transparency

The Charity Commission has welcomed a Supreme Court judgment dismissing all grounds of an appeal brought by a journalist who had requested information about concluded statutory inquiries under the Freedom of Information Act. The Commission says that they “have to balance the need for transparency with the need to conduct effective inquiries in the public interest that uncover mismanagement and wrongdoing in charities”.

However, Civil Society Media reports that it could face a further challenge on the matter http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/17195/.

And also see another take in the press release from Bates Wells Braithwaite, who acted for the journalist, http://www.bwbllp.com/knowledge/2014/03/26/kennedy-v-charity-commission-new-right-to-information-from-public-authorities/. The headline says ‘Kennedy v Charity Commission – new right to information from public authorities’.

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