Make an FOI request - Public Authorities have a duty to provide assistance

Public authorities are required to provide advice and assistance to people who have made or who are thinking of making a request.  This will help applicants understand their rights under the Act and identify the information they want.



Public authorities are allowed to charge you a fee for responding to your requests.  The amount that can be charged will be set out in regulations.

A maximum fee of £450 will apply.



You can either ask for a copy of the information you seek, the change to inspect the records, or even to be provided with a summary of the information.

The public authority should try and provide the information in the form requested unless it is unreasonable to do so.

If any of the information requested is exempt you should be told which of the exemptions has been relied on to withhold the information.



Last Updated on Friday, April 12, 2019