Freedom of information (FOI) requests

Exceptions

We are required to supply you with the information you have requested unless there is a reason not to. These are known as exemptions. There are a number of exemptions and some examples are: 

  • It is your own personal information or another person’s and disclosing it would breach the Data Protection Act 
  • Disclosing the information would breach confidentiality  
  • Disclosure would harm the commercial interests of the council or its partners/suppliers 
  • We would be putting our investigations, or health and safety at risk 

If an exemption is applied, we may not be able to supply the information or may only be able to supply some of it. 

In some instances, we are required to complete a public interest test and it may not be in the public interest to disclose information at that time. 

You will be told about any exemptions or the outcome of a public interest test in our response to you. 

More information about the exemptions can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website.