198,411 of 500,000 signatures

To David Cameron and the Cabinet Office

Petition Text

Please extend Freedom of Information laws to include private companies who spend public money. We deserve the right to know what anyone who spends public money is up to.

Why is this important?

What are Serco and G4S spending our public money on? Right now, none of us have the right to know because private companies hired by the government aren’t covered by transparency laws.

But this could change. The government’s “considering” extending Freedom of Information laws to cover private companies. It’ll mean we can finally see what’s going on behind closed doors - in privatised NHS services, failing prisons and anything else that’s been flogged to the highest bidder.

The idea’s been leaked in the press. And politicians will be seeing what reaction it gets. A huge petition now, signed by hundreds of thousands of us, will leave them in no doubt: the public deserves the right to know what anyone who spends public money is up to.

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