Freedom of Information : Disproportionate Funding

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2008 National LGBT Conference
25 July 2008

The Freedom of Information Act (2000) provides a context within which details of public service expenditure can be made public.

The Freedom of Information Act applies to all ‘public authorities’: – this includes

1central and local government;

2the Health Service;

3schools, colleges and universities;

4the Police;

5many other non-departmental public bodies, committees, and advisory bodies.

It has come to our attention that, historically, funding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) projects is disproportionately less than projects supporting other equality strands.

Conference therefore asks that:

AThe National LGBT Committee disseminate information to each region about how groups and individuals can make requests for information;

BRepresentatives of our National LGBT Committee, Service Groups Committees, and Regional Committees take advantage of this new transparency to request figures on the relative funding of the different equality strands;

CInformation gathered is collated by the National LGBT Committee to inform Membership Participation on the implications for policy development.