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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOI) was introduced to help bring about a culture of openness within the public sector and gives you a general right of access to information held by us.

Requesting official information we hold

To find out about official information that we hold you must put your request in writing. You can do this by sending an email to contactcentre@sthelens.gov.uk or by writing to the following address:

Contact Centre
Wesley House
Corporation Street
St Helens
WA10 1HF

Telephone number 01744 676789

You should describe to us the information that you would like as clearly as you can, provide your real name and a contact address (email or postal).

There are certain reasons why some information may not be given to you. These are called exemptions.

You can expect to receive a reply within 20 working days.

We will either:

  • Provide you with the information you have asked for
  • Tell you that we don't have the information
  • Tell you that that another organisation has the information
  • Apply an exemption to the information and explain the reasons why

In certain circumstances we will ask you to pay a fee for the information. This only happens when the Act allows us to.

Environmental Information Regulations

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) were created to support and work with FOI and provide public access to environmental information held in public authorities.

A reasonable charge can be made for providing a response under EIR, in accordance with a published schedule of charges.

Schedule of Charges - Environmental and Trading Services 2017

Publication Scheme

Under FOI, we must tell you what type of official information we routinely publish. This is called the Publication Scheme. If the information is not in the Publication Scheme, you can contact the council (as above) to find out what information we hold.

For more information about the Freedom of Information Act please go the the Information Commissioners website.

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