Freedom Of Information

Freedom Of Information

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities.

It does this in two ways:

The Act covers any recorded information that is held by a public authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Public authorities include government departments, local authorities, the NHS, state schools and police forces.Recorded information includes printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs, and sound or video recordings.

The Act does not give people access to their own personal data (information about themselves) such as their health records or credit reference file. If a member of the public wants to see information that a public authority holds about them, they should make a subject access request under the Data Protection Act 1998.

How to request information

Anyone has a right to request information from the Consortium. As the Consortium we have a duty:

We have 20 working days to respond to your request, counting the first working day after the request has been received as the first day.

To be valid under the Act, the request must:

To make a request under the Freedom of Information Act please contact