Response from Ofcom To FOI Regarding Compliance with the Equality Act in relation to Election Guidelines
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Comments on the Ofcom Response
1) The expenditure constraints on Freedom of Information (£450), are ludicrous and undemocratic given the seriousness of the Freedom of Information Act; Freedom of Information, unless it takes too much time to uncover the information (my request would take 18 hours which exceeds the £450 allotted to each request). Such restrictions are patently absurd and a mockery of the entire notion of Freedom of Information.
2) An important finding is that OFCOM HELD NO MEETINGS REGARDING THE EQUALITY ACT 2010 & THE 2011 SUPPLEMENTS FOR BROADCASTERS IN RELATION TO THE ELECTION GUIDELINES FOR 2015. Ofcom also claims to have had no communications with the Coalition government, Civil Servants, other political parties, broadcasters, etc. between 2010-2015 regarding the Equality Act 2010/2011 in relation to the Election Guidelines.
3) It is also significant that Ofcom, right from the beginning of their response, claim to be only involved in deciding “party election broadcasts” and not election debates or their participants. SO WHY DID THEY CLAIM TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO INITIALLY EXCLUDE THE GREENS FROM THE DEBATES? According to this response, THEY NEVER HAD ANY AUTHORITY IN THIS MATTER. Is it a coincidence that Cameron used this exclusion of the Greens as a political stunt the next day?
To read the reply, please visit Reply from Ofcom to my FOI Request on Compliance with Equality Act 2010/2011