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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 page for further details.

How do I make an FOI request?

Any request must be received in writing (this could be a fax, email or letter). Alternatively you can apply online using the Make an FOI Request form.

Your request will be answered within 20 working days of the Council receiving the request.

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 [7kb]

Complaints

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]