Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act promotes a culture of openness and accountability among public sector bodies. It helps build a better understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do and how public money is spent.

Generally the council has 20 working days to respond to freedom of information requests. Certain information cannot be made public. This includes information covered by the Data Protection Act 1998, information used as criminal evidence, security information and data bound by so called public interest tests. This is a test that Freedom of Information requests are judged against and certain exemptions apply unless it is in the public interest to release that information.

Requests for information must be made by completing the general comments form or by emailing

Last Updated: 22nd May 2015