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Other information may be reviewed and released under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives any member of the public access to information held by all public authorities. Instead of only releasing information on a 'need to know' basis, we are required to provide ANY information requested, unless there is a very good reason not to.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right, and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

A 'public authority' is defined in the Act, and includes but is not restricted to central and local government, non-departmental public bodies, the police, the health service, and schools, colleges and universities.

Key facts

You should get a response to an FOI request within 20 working days. If the public body needs more time, they will write and tell you why, and when you will get their response.