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What is Freedom of Information?

On this page you will find information about the Freedom of Information Act. This is a law which gives the public a general right of access to recorded information held by public authorities.

What are my rights to information?

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you have the right to know whether we hold any information you require. We have a duty to supply that information.

If the information you request includes information about yourself this will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Your right to access information is subject to a number of exemptions.

Exemptions

The Act recognises that there will be valid reasons why some kinds of information may be withheld, such as if its release would prejudice an investigation or damage commercial interests.

In such cases, we may withhold some information under the relevant exemption. Some exemptions require us to consider whether it is in the public interest to disclose the information.

We strive to be open and transparent but in some circumstances we cannot responsibly release requested information. Where we cannot do so we will explain the reason for our decision.

Publication scheme

We are required under the Freedom of Information Act to adopt and maintain a publication scheme. Our publication scheme reflects our commitment to publish information and make it available to the public. This includes our responses to previous FOI requests.

Read our publication scheme (PDF)

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