What information does the Act cover?
All non-personal information is covered by the Act, irrespective of the format that it is held in, so agendas, minutes, maps, photographs are included.
What are my rights?
The Act provides you with two statutory rights:
- To be told whether the council holds the information requested
- To be provided with that information, subject to certain conditions
Can I make a request for information now?
Yes, the regulations came into force on the January 1st 2005, but please check out our Publication Scheme before making a request.
What is a Publication Scheme?
You will find a lot of information about what we do and the services we provide on our website. In addition key documents have been put together to form a catalogue or Publication Scheme.
The structure of the Scheme is based on the main categories of our web site. The classes of information used are general so that you do not need to know the council's structure to be able to find the information you require.
Where do I obtain a copy of the Publication Scheme?
or you may request a hard copy from our offices or by contacting us HERE
How do I make a request for information?
You may make a request for information using this form
In all instances your request must be in writing, have sufficient detail for us to be able to find the information you want and have a return address for us to reply to.
In writing: It would assist us if you would complete the Request for Information Form; this form is designed to provide us with sufficient information so we can respond to your request efficiently and accurately. You should post your request form to FOI Requests Ashfield District Council Council Offices Urban Road Kirkby-in-Ashfield Nottinghamshire NG17 8DA
If you wish to email your request you should send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
How long will it take to receive the information?
The Council is required by law to answer all requests promptly and at most within 20 working days. If this cannot be achieved for any reason we will contact you and provide you with a completion date.
How much will my request for information cost?
Most information requests will be free. If your request is estimated to cost us (to find and collate) less than £450 (18 hours of staff time £25 per hour) no charge will be made. If the estimate exceeds this figure we will contact you and assist you to refine the request or we may consider accepting the payment in full.
The Act does not entitle you to free copies of priced Government publications, or to free use of services for which there is normally a charge.
Depending on the volume of information requested we may have to make a small charge for copying and postage as set out in the Council's Charging Policy:
What do I do if I think you have not given all of the information requested?
You should first of all make a complaint via the Councils Complaints Procedure. If after following this procedure you are still not satisfied you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner, who will look into the matter on your behalf.
Office for the Information Commissioner Wycliffe House Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF