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<% @title = "About" %>
<%= render :partial => 'sidebar' %>
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<h1 id="introduction">Introduction to <%= site_name %> <a href="#introduction">#</a></h1>
<dl>
<dt id="purpose">What is <%= site_name %> for? <a href="#purpose">#</a> </dt>
<dd>To help you find out inside information about what the government
is doing.
</dd>
<dt id="premise">How does the site work? <a href="#premise">#</a> </dt>
<dd>You choose the public authority that you would like information from, then
write a brief note describing what you want to know. We then send your request
to the public authority. Any response they make is automatically published on the
website for you and anyone else to find and read.
</dd>
<dt id="whybother_me">Why would I bother to do this? <a href="#whybother_me">#</a> </dt>
<dd>You pay taxes, and then government does things with the money. All sorts of
things that affect your life, from healthcare through to national defence. Some
it does badly, some it does well. The more we find out about how government
works, the better able we are to make suggestions to improve the things that
are done badly, and to celebrate the things that are done well.
</dd>
<dt id="whybother_them">Why would the public authority bother to reply? <a href="#whybother_them">#</a> </dt>
<dd>Under Freedom of Information (FOI) law, they have to respond. The response
will either contain the information you want, or give a valid legal reason why
it must be kept confidential.
</dd>
<dt id="reporting">What if I see a request I feel to be inappropriate? <a href="#reporting">#</a></dt>
<dd>
<p>
Requests for personal information and vexatious requests are not considered valid for FOI purposes (read more).
</p>
<p>
If you believe a request is not suitable, you can report it for attention by the site administrators.
</p>
</dd>
<dt id="reporting_unavailable">Why won't it let me report some requests? <a href="#reporting_unavailable">#</a></dt>
<dd>
<p>
If a request has already been reported to the site administrators, you
can't report it a second time - this is to prevent the administrators
being notified multiple times about the same issue before they've had
a chance to conduct a review.
</p>
<p>
Where a request has been previously reported but an administrator has
chosen not to hide it from public view, you can use the form in the
sidebar of the request page to contact the administrators if you still
think it should be hidden.
</p>
</dd>
<dt id="who">Who makes <%= site_name %> ? <a href="#who">#</a> </dt>
<dd><%= site_name %> runs on <a href="http://alaveteli.org">Alaveteli</a>, which was created and run by <a href="http://www.mysociety.org">mySociety</a>,
and was initially <a href="http://www.mysociety.org/2006/12/06/funding-for-freedom-of-information/">funded by the JRSST Charitable Trust</a>. mySociety is a project of the
registered charity <a href="http://www.ukcod.org.uk/UK_Citizens_Online_Democracy">UK Citizens Online Democracy</a>.
If you like what we're doing, then you can
<a href="https://www.mysociety.org/donate/">make a donation</a>.
</dd>
<dt id="updates">How can I keep up with news about <%= site_name %>?<a href="#updates">#</a> </dt>
<dd>We have a <a href="<%= blog_path %>">blog</a><% if !MySociety::Config.get('TWITTER_USERNAME', '').empty? %> and a <a href=https://twitter.com/<%= MySociety::Config.get('TWITTER_USERNAME', '') %>>twitter feed</a><% end %>.
</dd>
</dl>
<p><strong>Next</strong>, read about <a href="<%= help_requesting_path %>">making requests</a> --&gt;</p>
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