What is the Act about ? / How do I make a Request for Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities such as Cannock Chase Council.
A request can be made about any information that the Council holds, excepting where there are exemptions that apply, prohibiting its release.
The following are a list of the most relevant exemptions to our Council, i.e. reasons where we cannot release information:
- Where the cost / time to retrieve the information is prohibitive.
- If it is accessible by other means / already in the public domain.
- If it is intended for future publication.
- Where information relates to security matters.
- Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities
- Information that would prejudice Law enforcement.
- Where release would prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs.
- If release could adversely affect Health and safety.
- Where it contains personal information.
- Where information has been provided in confidence.
- Where there are prohibitions on disclosure by other law.
The above is not an exhaustive list, and further information on the above, with other exemptions are available to view on the Information Commissioner's Website.
So how do I make a request?
A Freedom of Information request must be made in written form and can be submitted by any of the following methods:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Write to the Information Manager at the Civic Centre, Beecroft Road, Cannock, Staffordshire
You will receive a reply within 20 working days.
Last Updated: 07/04/2020