Freedom of information requests

About FOI requests

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives individuals the right to access recorded information held by public sector organisations, provided it is not exempt from disclosure. Anyone can request information – there are no restrictions on your age, nationality or where you live.

FOI requests are only dealt with through this process if they are not included within the organisation’s Publication Scheme.

FOI statistics for year 2022-23

In 2022-23 there were 77 requests under the Freedom of Information Act for information that is not readily available, this was an increase of 11 compared to the number of requests received last year (66). No complaint about the way these requests were handled was made to the Information Commissioner.

FOI responses for wider public interest

We publish some responses to requests made to us under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we feel they are of wider public interest.  The list will be reviewed quarterly and can be found here.

How to make an FOI request

You should make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request in writing to

We will help you as much as possible and will need you to include:

  • clear and understandable details so we can locate the information;
  • your name and address so we can respond; and
  • an indication about the format in which you want the information.

Your application will be dealt with as quickly as possible and we will respond within 20 working days, as specified in the FOI Act.

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