About Freedom of Information Requests

Under the Freedom of Information Act anyone can request information held by the Council.

Some requests are for information that has already been asked for or for services that are provided by another authority. A log of previous Information requests received can be found on the Freedom of Information Requests page.

Can I see all information held by the Council?

You can ask to see any information that the Council holds, however some information may be subject to exemptions. There are 23 exemptions under the FOIA, some are absolute - meaning that no information can be released, and others are conditional - which means that the disclosure of the information should be weighed against the public interest test. View the Exemptions to FOI Requests for further details.

How do I make an FOI request?

Any request must be received in writing. You can apply online using the Make an FOI request. You may well find the information you need by searching previous FOI's that have already been answered

Your request will be answered within 20 working days of the Council receiving the request. Alternatively you can send in via letter. Please see our Contact Us page for more details

Will there be a cost?

The majority of requests are free including requests for information from our Publication Scheme.

Complying with requests which would cost more than £450 or 2.5 days work will be at the discretion of the Council and may incur a fee.

Access to Information Fees


If you wish to make a formal complaint about the way your request has been dealt with, write to the Information Manager at the address at foot of page, quoting the FOI request number, title of foi request and date when the original request for information was made.

Anyone not satisfied with the outcome of a complaint can appeal to the Information Commissioner.

FOI Complaints Procedure [71KB]