Freedom of Information requests

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act allows you to ask us for all the recorded information we have on any subject. You don't have to tell us why you want the information, and we won't ask. We will be open and honest.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) requires all public authorities, including councils, to be open with information. The Act gives a general right to access to all types of recorded information held by the Council. It sets out exemptions from that right and places various obligations upon the Council.

Every public authority must have a publication scheme. The Council does not need to produce its own publication scheme because the ICO has created a model publication scheme that all public authorities must use. Any publication scheme that was created before 1 January 2009 is now out of date and has been replaced by the ICO model scheme.

Requests for information about the environment will be dealt with in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004. The definition of Environmental Information is very wide and includes written, electronic, visual or audio information on subjects such as the land, landscape and natural sites, energy and noise. It also includes  measures and activities affecting or designed to protect the environment such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements and reports on the implementation of environmental legislation.

Model publication scheme

The model publication scheme is a short document setting out the Council's high-level commitment to proactively publish information. It consists of seven commitments and seven classes of information.

The model publication scheme commits the Council to publish certain classes of information. It also specifies how the Council should make the information available, what the Council can charge, and what the Council needs to tell members of the public about the scheme.

View the current publication scheme