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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 encourages public authorities to proactively publish as much information as possible.

Under the Act, we are required to adopt a publication scheme which contains information we routinely make available, and ensure that information is published in accordance with the scheme. The information we make available is here.

Making a Freedom of Information request

If the information you want is not currently published, you can request it from us. All requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act must be in writing and must include your name and an address for the response. Please provide a description of the information that you are seeking from the Council. It may be helpful to provide a contact number as well in case we need to contact you about your request.

What happens next?

You will receive an acknowledgement of your request with a reference number allocated to it and a date by which you should receive a response. If the Council officer who is dealing with your request requires any clarification on the terms of your request they will contact you. 

Sometimes we receive requests for information held by other public bodies and we will let you know which public body may be able to assist. We may also ask you if you would like us to forward on your request to that organisation.

The response to your request will be provided via email or post. If the Council has decided to refuse to disclose some or all of the information that you have requested the reason for doing so will be explained with reference to the relevant exemptions to disclosure set out in the Act.

What to do if you are not satisfied with the response or the way in which the request has been dealt with

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request or with the reasons we have given for refusing to provide information, you have the right to appeal. In the first instance you will be able to seek an internal review by other Council Officers of that decision. This will be undertaken by an officer who was not involved with the original decision. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Internal Review you can complain to the Information Commissioner details of which will be provided in the response to your FOI request.