All you need to know about Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. This means that members of the public can make a direct request for information about our organisation.
The Act does not give people access to their own personal data (information about themselves) such as their health records. If you require personal information please make a subject access request via firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as responding to requests for information, we are required under the Act to publish information proactively under a Publication Scheme. Our Publication Scheme can be found on the menu to the left and covers:
- Who we are and what we do
- What we spend and how we spend it
- What are our priorities and how are we doing
- How we make decisions
- Policies and Procedures
- List and registers
- The services we offer
Making a Freedom of Information request
In order for a request to be valid it must:
- Be in writing
- Provide a name and address for correspondence
- Provide a reasonable description of the information requested
Before you send your request:
- Check our publication scheme to see if the information you are requesting is already in the public domain.
- Look through previous requests located under our disclosure log. Your request for information may have already been answered.
- Ensure your request is concise with clearly formulated questions. If we are unclear what you are asking, we will contact you for further clarification which can delay the process.
NB - Due to increased pressures from Covid, we may take longer than 20 days to respond to your Freedom of Information requests. We appreciate your understanding and will try to provide our responses as soon as is possible.
If you have made a Freedom of Information request we would like to hear about your experience. You can complete our survey here [doc] 516KB.