Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives members of the public the right to request official information from public authorities. The aim of the Act is to promote greater openness and transparency.
The Act operates alongside the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) which gives people access to environmental information held by public authorities and the Data Protection Act 1998 which allows individuals to access information held about them – click here for information on accessing health records and personal information.
The Act applies to most public authorities and governs access to non-personal corporate information. The Acts sets out three main provisions which are that public authorities:
- Inform a person making a request whether we hold the information of the description specified in the request
- Communicate the information held to the applicant unless an exemption exists
- Adopt & maintain a publication scheme (information regularly published by the organisation). You will find details of the information routinely published by the Trust on our Guide to Information page.