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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to the following address:
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:
In certain circumstances we will ask you to pay a fee for the information. This only happens when the Act allows us to.
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.
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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