FOIMan brings you the opportunity to win a copy of Matt Burgess’s new book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists.

FOI book by Matt BurgessIn October, journalist Matt Burgess and myself will be running a Masterclass for users of FOI, particularly aimed at journalists, but also useful for campaigners or anyone else who wants to use FOI to hold their local council, health body, school, or government department to account. There are still places available, so remember to book your place if you want to learn how to make best use of the right to know.

To mark our collaboration, here’s a first for the FOIMan site – a competition with a PRIZE!!! Matt has kindly donated a copy of his new book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, which one reader of the FOIMan blog can win.

For the opportunity to win this copy of Matt’s critically acclaimed book, all you need to do is complete and submit the form below, including answering a simple question about the UK FOI Act, by 18.00 UK time on 18 September 2015. The winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries. The book will be posted to the winner (I will contact you by email and ask for your address if you win) as soon as possible after the closing date and no later than 16 October 2015.


Terms and conditions

  • By submitting your entry you are indicating your agreement to these terms and conditions.
  • One entry per person.
  • The winner will be the first correct entry drawn from all entries received by 18.00 UK time on 18 September 2015.
  • No purchase of FOIMan services is necessary.
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  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost in transit.
  • Competition only open to UK residents.
  • The winner’s name will be made available on request.
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This competition is being run by P. Gibbons, 21 Crampton Road, London SE20 7AR.


  1. The correct answer isn’t there 🙂

    “How many working days do most public authorities have to answer requests under the UK Freedom of Information Act?” – a pet peeve of mine because the primary requirement is that they respond “promptly” and the working days limit is intended as a backstop by which “promptly” will definitely have passed.


    1. Hi David
      I mean the UK Act. You’re quite right that Scotland has its own Act that applies to the matters that are within the Scottish government’s jurisdiction. However, the UK Act was passed by the UK Parliament and applies throughout the UK – it applies in Northern Ireland and also to UK institutions that have offices in Scotland. So it’s definitely the UK FOI Act and not the England and Wales Act.

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