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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access recorded information held by public sector organisations.

Anyone can request information – there are no restrictions on your age, nationality or where you live.

Your request will be handled under different regulations depending on the kind of information you ask for, eg the:

  • Data Protection Act if you ask for information an organisation holds about you
  • Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) if you ask for environmental information

Some information is exempt and cannot be provided:  More on exemptions.


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FOI Guidance

Guidance for submitting a Request for Access to Information

Publication Scheme

A guide to all of the DDC information that is available (PDF document)

Transparency/Open Data

Information that we publish to allow access to the data we hold

Access to Information

You have the right to access our recorded information


Petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns

Freedom of Information Disclosure Log

The Disclosure Log is a record of completed requests for information that we have received and dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (from January 2024).