This page contains details of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Law

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) came into effect on 1st January 2005 and covers all information held by public bodies. The intention is that any information on any subject held by a public body should be made available to the general public. A right of access to this information is given in FOIA: this includes a right to be told if the information exists, as well as the right to receive it, subject to certain limitations.

Under FOIA, the Council is required to produce a publications scheme. This must set out the different classes of information that the Council publishes and how access to that information may be obtained.

Making A Freedom of Information Request to the Council

Requests for information under FOIA must be sent to the Compliance Officer preferably by email Alternatively, you can post your request to the main Council Offices on Station Road, Wigston, Leicester, LE18 2DR. Please provide a contact telephone number on any correspondence.

When the Council receives your request, it must respond within 20 working days. You will be informed if the Council holds the information and if there is a charge for supplying it. This depends on how you wish the Council to provide the information requested.

If you are denied access to information through the Council applying one or more of the exemptions under FOIA, or if you are dissatisfied with the information supplied, you may make a complaint to the Council using the contact details on the right.

Subject Access Requests Under the Data Protection Act 2018

If you wish to know about the information the Council holds on you, you can make a subject access request to the Council. Such requests should be made in writing to the Compliance Officer or the Data Protection Officer. The Council has 30 calendar days from the date of receipt with which to respond to the request.

The names of third parties, or data which could reveal the names of third parties, will be censored from the disclosed documents: the Council can withhold documents which mainly consist of such data. The Council shall not disclose documents which come within the exemptions of the Data Protection Act 2018, such as documents prepared for Council investigations.

Last updated: Tuesday, 7 July 2020 1:27 pm