The Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to access information that we hold.
We aim to respond to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests within 20 working days.
You can make an FOI request by using our online form:
Select a topic below to learn more about Freedom of Information and how we respond to information requests.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives two statutory rights to applicants who have submitted an FOI request:
- To be told if we hold the information you have requested
- To have that information communicated to you if we hold it
The Act gives members of the public a right of access to information held by public bodies, subject to certain exemptions.
Each public authority must adopt and maintain a publication scheme that details:
- the information we currently make available
- the format we hold this information in
- whether a fee applies to its release
Our approach to freedom of information is aligned with other legislation and guidance relating to access to information, such as the Data Protection Act and Environmental Information Regulations.
We have published a Freedom of Information Policy which outlines how we handle requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act.
If you are unhappy with our response to your Freedom of Information request, you can contact the Information Governance Team and an independent review will be carried out.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of this review, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner.
Details confirming how to request an internal review will be included in all FOIA responses.
If you need to contact the Information Governance Team in relation to your Freedom of Information request, please email Information_governance@bathnes.gov.uk