The Court of Appeal has found that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority acted in breach of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 s.1(1) by refusing to provide copies of documents requested by a journalist for the purpose of assessing the genuineness of MPs’ claims for expenses. The documents in question are the original invoices submitted by MPs to claim expenses. Transcripts of these invoices have already been released, but the originals contain handwriting, annotations and other details such as logos and letterheads which the court held was information.

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