Freedom of Information
Accessing public information
The Freedom of Information Act came into force on 1 January 2005. The 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.
Gravesham Borough Council has been working to comply with this act. Part of this work was to develop a publication scheme that sets out the classes of information available. The publication scheme can be viewed by clicking the link or from the Civic Centre reception.
Generally the council has 20 working days to respond to 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 in writing either by letter, email or by completing the general comments form. Write to Customer Services, Gravesham Borough Council, Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1AU, email email@example.com.