TweetWe’ve been digging a bit into the recent story generated by The Campaign for Better Transport’s use of FOI requests to investigate cuts to school bus services to see if the data behind it was available for others to build on.
It turns out it is – although it’s not particularly easy to find and it’s scattered across a number of documents.
The site’s bus campaigner Sophie Allain writes:
“Although in most areas we have not included the school bus cuts information in the written summary [which appears when you click on map placemarkers], if you click on your area, then go to the sources, each area has three FOI requests (on the What Do They Know site) that you can click through to so that you can see how your council responded to our questions. Some of our questions related to school transport. So all the info is already in the public domain and local campaigners, students and journalist are welcome to use this as a resource.”
If you want to compile the data so others can use it in their own investigations – or if you know a place where any data on school bus cuts is also held, let us know.