MP seeks stronger FoI powers after Grenfell fire and Carillion collapse

Private members’ bill says public contractors and housing associations should be subject to FoI requests

Contractors carrying out public works and housing associations – including the body that managed Grenfell Tower – would be made subject to freedom of information requests under a private members’ bill going before parliament this week.

The proposal to extend FoI powers – which would also place firms like Carillion, G4S and Serco under greater public scrutiny – will be introduced by the Labour MP Andy Slaughter and backed by the Campaign for Freedom of Information.

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