On the 8th August 2013, I submitted a FOI request due to the possibility of being classed as a Terrorist for filming / photographic police officers ETC. – Section 58A of the Terrorism Act 2000 (to date, I’ve still recieved no response). I noticed that another user on What Do They Know has also submitted a request regarding filming: Filming Constables in a Public Place.
So, I made a large number of Freedom of Information Requests to some Public Authorities. One of them being the Department for Education, in my request entitled Importance of Play for Under 8s. I have received a sort of response (after some hassles) which I am satisfied with. This response releases the following information:
In addition the DfE have linked me to the search results for all publications containing ‘Play’ in the title.
So, it is clear, from documents already in circulation, in addition to common sense, that children learn the most important lessons for their life in the first five years of their life. Lessons which involve their Primary Physical and Psychological development. I highly recommend looking at the guidance in (2) above, in addition to other information located at http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/.
As posted previously, The Home Office expect my wife to leave the country and for myself to care for them alone. There are a number of moral problems to this, and whilst my wife is currently still in the country – is it fair for any child to have to go through the following:
So, I made a number of Freedom of Information Requests to several Public Authorities. The Department for Education has came back rather promptly on the request I made to them DfE – Breast is Best, refusing the request stating that the information is not held. However… This is clearly untrue. I did a simple Google Search (to the left) and it resulted in a rather useful peice of information: The very first result being the Thesaurus Term for Breastfeeding. This term inturn links through to the related content: Diet and nutrition in Early Years from 26 April 2012. The most useful piece of information on this page clearly states the following:
Infancy and childhood are of critical importance in the development of healthy bodies and habits. For example, breastfeeding gives babies all the nutrients they need and provides both mother and baby with a range of health benefits. The current advice is to continue for six months or longer.
Whilst I understand that it could well be the fact that this information is exempt under Section 21 of the FOI Act, the notice stated that no information was held. This is clearly untrue. I am obviously asking for an internal review on this basis. As I have found this information by a very simple Google search, it appears clear that the DfE hold information on this subject.
The Information Commissioner has announced that The Home Office is to be monitored for three months over concerns that it takes too long to respond to Freedom of Information requests from the public.
The information commissioner said that he would be looking at responses to FOI requests received between 1 July and 30 September 2013. From my own experiences with The Home Office on What Do They Know, I am well aware of the problem, and have infact raised about 30 complaints to the ICO in relation to various Freedom of Information requests that I myself have filed to The Home Office.
It is, however, NOT just The Home Office that is to be monitored. The ICO’s announcement also states that the period will also monitor South Tyneside Council and Sussex Police.
So, after the refusal notice from The Home Office, it came to light that The Home Office don’t care much about the best interests of a child – despite being bound to it by their Section 55 responsibilities.
However the fact that you are breastfeeding, in itself, does not confer a derivative right. Depriving the child of the ability to be breastfed by you if you are required to leave the UK is not regarded as depriving the child of the benefit of its rights as a union citizen. should this particular aspect of the case wish to be pursued then you may wish to make an Art 8 application as detailed later in this letter.
So, lets get a bit of insight into the whole situation.
The Home Office don’t care about the fact that the baby is Breast Fed. Basically saying “Touch S**t”.
It is a *fact* that it is in a babies best interests to be breast fed.
They do not actually assess the best Interests of a child.
This fact will only go to help our case – as outlined in the recent MA and SA ruling.
It appears that the Home Office clearly do not take the Best Interests of a Child into the matter at hand – they even state such in the refusal notices by stating “must make an Art 8 application“.
Since 1999, there have been numerous reports by the Gov that outlines the fact that “Breast is Best”.
(Search YouTube: Breast is Best)
It is for this reason the following What Do They Know freedom of information requests were filed:
So, it was publicly advertised on television and billboards. A small fleet of advertisement vans were driving around London with a massive billboard of “Go Home or Face Arrest”The public announcement by The Home Office was posted on the 25th July 2013 on the Home Office News Pages. This scheme / pilot is clearly discriminative. As I outlined in response to a previous FOI request I made on What Do They Know.
I therefore posted my own FOI Request Cost of the Returns Pilot. It appears that I am not the only person interested in this subject. Take a look at the following FOI requests also…
It appears that good Judge O’Connor has found in favour of the people who the Home Office have refused a right of residence to. It is well worth a read to anybody. As is the associated FreeMovement Blog Article.
I just read an interesting Article on the European Law Blog website in regards to yet another Best Interests of the Child decision (Case C-648/11). Well worth a read… But to sumarise… Its YET ANOTHER declaration that a child’s best interests must be of ‘Primary Consideration’…
‘guided by the primary consideration of the child’s best interests (Article 24(2) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (‘the Charter’))’
As well as other various references…
As highlighted in the case ….
Article 24 of the Charter is based on the New York Convention on the Rights of the Child signed on 20 November 1989 and ratified by all the Member States, Article 3 of which provides that, ‘[i]n all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration’.