Cornish language freedom of information request

News from Kernow Matters To Us:


Last year, during November, we submitted a Freedom of Information Request as follows to the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) following the announcement that Westminster had ceased its funding for the Cornish language:

“Please provide all and any documents relating to this

decision including, among others, the brief for ministerial decision,

any explanatory notes, any impact assessment, other documents

which set out the rationale and projected consequences of the

decision, as well as any internal, cross-governmental and external

correspondence (including e-mails) including any written notes,

emails, or records of meetings involving the following MPs: James

Wharton MP, Sheryll Murray MP, Steve Double MP, Scott Mann MP,

Sarah Newton MP, Derek Thomas MP and George Eustice MP and

any other Minister, MP or Civil Servant.”

The DCLG refused point blank to supply the requested information. This was taken to an appeal and again, the DCLG declined to supply the information.

We then took the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the case was registered there for challenge in January, 2017. Nothing further being received, three reminders were sent to the ICO who finally responded on 16th May, 2017 informing that an inquiry had now been commenced into the request and a Senior Case Officer appointed.

We await the results of that inquiry and ask this: What has the Westminster Government got to hide?

Answers on a postage stamp!

Kernow bys vyken!

Issued on behalf of Kernow Matters To Us.

John, Teresa, Craig, Tony, Matt, Mike, Clive, Ronan & Mark

Elected Members of the KMTU Steering Group




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