Amend the Freedom of Information (FOI) act so the requestor of the information must bear some of the cost and inconvenience in requesting this information and justify why they want it.

Why is this idea important?

Responding to FOI requests costs the public sector huge amounts of time, resources and therefore money every working day of the year.  I see the principle of FOI for a transparent government and public sector, but the cost at the moment is too high.  Even a small fixed fee per request would make individuals or business question whether they really want to that information or not.

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