Freedom of Information Act 2000
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14 June 2009
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) gives everyone the right to request information held by public sector organisations.
The FOI gives individuals the right to ask any public body for all the
information they have on any subject. Also, unless there is a good
reason, the organisation must provide the information within a month.
It is also possible to request personal information held.
Scotland has its own Freedom of Information Act, which is very similar to the England, Wales and Northern Ireland Act.
Public Sector organisations covered by the Act:
government departments and local assemblies;
local authorities and councils;
health trusts, hospitals and doctors’ surgeries;
schools, colleges and universities;
publicly funded museums;
the police; and
many other non departmental public bodies, committees and advisory bodies.
Any person can make a request for information under the Act - there are
no restrictions on age, nationality, or residence. All sorts of
information can be requested. However some information might be
withheld to protect various interests- defined by the Act. If this is
case, the public authority must explain why they have withheld
information. If information about an individual is requested then it
will be handled under the Data Protection Act instead of the Freedom of
Jane Coyle is a trainee solicitor at Lawdit and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-07-05 18:13:49 in Legal Articles