Freedom of Information Act

Covid 19

Our responses to freedom of information requests (FOI’s) and environmental information regulation requests (EIR’s) may take longer than 20 days for us to complete at the moment because of COVID 19 implications.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has advised that although they are unable to extended statutory timescales, they will advise people that may experience understandable delays when making requests during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Is your request essential?

While your statutory right of access remains unchanged, our resources may be diverted away from usual compliance or information rights work at this time. Therefore, we would ask that where possible, before submitting any requests for information that you check our website first, as it may be already published and available.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

This came into force in 2005 to enable members of the public to access information held by public authorities.  This means that any person (there is no limit on age, nationality or location) can submit a request to the Council for information.  All requests will be acknowledged and responded to within 20 working days.

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

If the information requested is environmental information then the request will be dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004.  These requests will also be acknowledged and responded to within 20 working days but if the matter is complex or voluminous it could take up to 40 working days.

Data Protection Act 1998

If the request is for personal information then this will fall under the Data Protection Act 1998.