What is the Freedom of Information Act 2000?
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives people the general right to see written or recorded information held by public authorities. It helps people to get a better understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, make decisions and spend public money.
The Act requires public authorities to adopt and maintain a publication scheme which sets out the categories of information that are held and those that are routinely made available to the public without the need to make a specific request.
Before making a request, you may like to check if the information you require has already been published.
Please note that the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not cover personal information held about an individual; this is dealt with under the Data Protection Act 1998.
For more information on the Act, please refer to the Information Commissioner's website.