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FoI Costs Consultation: our submission

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The government recently completed a consultation exercise on adding a cost limit to FoI request, despite precious little evidence that it was necessary.

The PAG response is attached. We wait for the results.

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2016 19:59
 

What's on tonight?

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webcastWhat’s on tonight?

That’s the question heard in my home as evening approaches. At one time a quick gander in the Radio Times would provide the information for viewing or listening. Nowadays it’s the webpage of that publication that informs us. So we’ve moved with the times? Well apparently not.

This summer our teenage grandson spent two weeks with us. He and his smart phone were inseparable. It was as though the gizmo was a permanent extension of his hand. He seemed to spend hours, eyes glued to the screen.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 October 2016 21:54
 

COMMENT: ABUSE - it's NOT OK

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This comment is solely the opinion of writer Sandy Gorst to the PAG Public Meeting 05.09.16 - "ABUSE - it's NOT OK".

The title holds nothing to disagree with, no­ one in their right mind could argue with it. What I question is definition.

The definition of abuse, as used by the speaker, does not tally with the definition which I am familiar with. The word abuse is a combination of two other words those being 'ab' which is used normally as a prefix meaning 'off', 'away from' as in words such as 'abduct, abnormal, abuse'. The remainder is the word use meaning, as we all know, how something is employed as in 'use a hammer', 'use a shopping basket' the use of a word or words. In this discourse however the word abuse was used in a very narrow context, or so it seemed.

Here it appeared that the word abuse implied the presence of violent undertones, both in language and also physical behaviour, this to the exclusion of any possible acceptability of the language or physical action under consideration.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 17:44
 

PAG Event: 3S Abuse presentation

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PAG PUBLIC MEETING - 6th September 2016

"ABUSE - It's NOT OK"

A presentation by Marcia K Brabbs of Safe, Strong, Secure (3S)*

Presentation video

It's not OK - filmed on IoM

That's not love

Bystander intervention

Bystander Culture

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 September 2016 21:57
 

IOM Freedom of Information under threat!

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foi shredSuccessive IOM governments procrastinated for many years about introducing a Freedom of Information Act. It was finally implemented on February 1st 2016, but only applies to requests made to the Cabinet Office and the Department of Environment Food and Agriculture (DEFA).
 
In the first 6 months 41 requests have been made. There is already concern about the cost or potential cost. The plan is to extend the scope of the Act to all government departments on 1st January 2017 and to fully complete the process by January 2018.
 
The threat, written in a consultation paper, is to impose a cost limit for any request. Above that limit the public body may refuse to give an applicant the requested information.
 
PAG lobbied long and hard to get this law on the statute book. We consider it far too early to even be considering such a move and will be responding to the consultation. The Act has been in operation for far too short a period and the sample size is too small.
 
We urge government to extend the scope as promised and then review all aspects of the operation of the Act. It is in the public interest not to make an hasty decision now.
 
You of course can make your own submission and we urge you so to do!
Last Updated on Sunday, 04 September 2016 12:38
 

Unite Isle of Man - the next five years

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PAG PUBLIC MEETING

"The IoM - the next five years"

A presentation and discussion by Eric Holmes, Regional Officer (IoM), Unite.

7.30 p.m. Monday 27th June 2016

Manx Legion Club,  Market Hill, Douglas.

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The meeting is Free and Open to all

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 June 2016 18:20
 

PAG Event: Abuse

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PAG PUBLIC MEETING 

"ABUSE - It's NOT OK"

A presentation by Tamasin Wedgwood & Marcia K Brabbs of Safe, Strong, Secure (3S)*

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7.30 p.m. Monday 5th September 2016 

Manx Legion Club,  Market Hill, Douglas

The meeting is Free and Open to all

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 August 2016 19:01
 

A journey into uncharted territory

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union triskSummary of Implications Leave vote to IoM extracted from CoMin's UK referendum on EU membership Implications for the Isle of Man Second Interim Report (April 2016)

Constitutional and legal effects Protocol 3 will fall away. The Protocol is attached to the UK’s Accession Treaty – and is not part of the EU Treaty itself. Article 50 of the Treaty sets out how a Member State can leave the EU, and allows for a two-year window within which the departing Member has to negotiate its ‘withdrawal agreement’ (although this can be extended).

It is anticipated that the UK’s ‘withdrawal agreement’ would set out its new relationship with the EU, but the UK Government has stated that this could take up to ten years to resolve. The Isle of Man’s underlying relationship with the Crown and the UK would not change.

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2016 09:07
 


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