Freedom of Information Act might be extended to cover more charities

Ministry of Justice says the higher education admissions body Ucas will be included

Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice

More charities that perform public functions could soon be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Some charitable organisations, such as certain museums, already come under the act.

The Ministry of Justice has announced that it will extend the scope of the act to include more organisations that carry out public functions, some of which have charitable status, such as the higher education admissions body Ucas.

But the plans do not include extending the legislation to cover all charities.

There will be consultation with other bodies believed to perform functions of a public nature, such as The Bridge School Inspectorate, a registered charity that inspects some faith schools.

Other changes include bringing all companies that are wholly owned by any number of public authorities under the legislation, and a review of the act.

A Ucas spokesman said the organisation was aware of the scope of the act and was working to ensure it was prepared to meet its requirements.

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