Freedom of information
What is the Freedom of Information Act 2000?
The Act requires all public authorities to be open with information and therefore gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by the council. It also sets out exemptions from that right and places various obligations upon the council.
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Anyone can make a request to the council for information which must be in writing. We will acknowledge your request upon receipt and provide you with the information, subject to exemptions, within 20 working days.
There are a number of ways in which you can make a request:
- complete our online request form
- email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- write to the council’s Freedom of Information Officer (see contacts section of this page)
Information already available
Our ‘guide to information’ page provides an overview of council information and signposts the information already available on our website.
We receive many requests which relate to the same topic. To view more information on the most recent topics, click on the links below:
- Public funerals (Bona Vacantia)
- Business rate (non-domestic properties) - information regularly published
- Empty property details - Refusal Document - we do not disclose details of empty properties under FOI and we do not publish this information online
We may consider some requests manifestly unreasonable if they exceed the appropriate limit specified in the Freedom of Information Act Fees Regulations. If your request is likely to exceed £450 (18 hours at £25 per hour) we will help you refine your request and we will always undertake the public interest test before refusing any manifestly unreasonable requests. We wish to make as much information as possible available free of charge. However, some publications have a cover charge and where photocopies of documents are required, these will be charged for.
We think it is important that you can access information and we welcome your comments for any improvements we can make. Please put your comments in writing and send to us at the contact details on this page (by email or post).
Last reviewed: 30 - 06 - 2016