Freedom of Information Act


If you have made a request for information the Council will usually say whether it holds the information, however, there are a number of exemptions which can be applied which may mean that the information is protected and can not be disclosed.  If this is the case you will be informed.

Refusal of Requests

A request for information will only be refused for the following reasons:

  • if it is a vexatious or repeated request
  • if we ask you for more information in order to clarify your request and you do not provide it
  • if it falls under an exemption


If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request you have the right to appeal by contacting the Freedom of Information Officer at Legal and Democratic Services, Hyndburn Borough Council, Scaitcliffe House, Ormerod Street, Accrington, BB5 0PF or .

If you are still dissatisfied then you can also complain to the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

01625 545 700