Freedom of information (FOI) requests

Freedom of information (FOI) requests

The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) gives you the right to ask us for information we hold.

The intention of FoIA is to promote openness and accountability, and help create a better understanding of how we work, make decisions and spend public money.

We already make information available on this website and in a number of our offices, and our publication scheme provides a guide to the information we routinely publish. It does not list actual publications as these will change over time, instead it describes the classes or types of information we make available. The scheme explains how we intend to publish the different classes of information and whether or not a charge applies.

If you can’t find the information you want, you will need to write to us to ask for it.

We have an obligation to provide advice and assistance to you.

This may be:

  • helping you to refine your request
  • referring you or transferring your request to another public authority that we believe may hold the information
  • helping you to make a request if you are visually impaired