Sheffield MP calls for ‘powerful tool’ of FOI Act to be extended to private companies

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Sheffield MP and shadow minister Louise Haigh has called for the Freedom of Information Act to be extended to private companies running public sector contracts.

The Heeley Labour MP, shadow minister for civil service and digital reform, spoke as a commission into the act - which means public authorities must supply information- takes place.

In a joint statement she said the act was a ‘powerful tool’ in holding the Government to account.

She added: “We would like to see the FOI Act extended so the public can scrutinise far more closely the billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money received by private companies running public sector contracts.”

The commission has been criticised for being shrouded in secrecy,