Privatisation and Access to Official Information in the United Kingdom

  • Ferguson, Erin (Post Grad Student)

Project: Internally funded project

Project Details


This project investigates the impact of privatisation, broadly defined, on acccess to official information in the United Kingdom. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 apply to designated public bodies. The increasing involvement of the private sector in the delivery of public services has therefore led to concern that information rights are being eroded as a result.

The project seeks to empirically evaluate these claims through two case studies. The first case study investigates access to information in the context of the free schools policy in England. The second examines the water industry, focusing on both the application of FOI legislation and the Environmental Information Regulations, and providing a comparative analysis between the privatised water industry in England and the publicly owned Scottish Water.


This project is supported by the Campbell Burns Research Studentship.
Effective start/end date1/10/13 → …


  • privatisation
  • freedom of information
  • access to information
  • information rights
  • transparency


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