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Freedom of information

Before you submit a request  see our Publication Scheme because the information you want may have already been published. You can find out how many requests for information we have received and what we have done with them please view our Recent Requests page.

There will be a charge for requests where photocopying and postage exceed £10. You can view the charges on our Charging Policy page.

Submit a request online. 

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When can I expect to receive the information?

We'll try our best to get  the information as soon as possible and always in 20 working days. The time limit can be extended by a reasonable period if a qualified exemption applies and we need additional time to consider the public interest test. We will let you know if we need to extend the time period.

Will I receive all the information I have asked for?

Not necessarily. We will not release information which we do not hold and will not deal with your request if we consider it to be repeated or vexatious.

The Act also contains a number of exemptions to protect information that should not be released into the public domain. We will not release information where one of the exemptions applies.

We will not process requests if it would cost more than £450 [equating to 2.5 days or 18 hours work]. View our Charging Policy for more information.

What if I am not happy with the way my request has been dealt with?

If you are unhappy with how your request has been dealt with or wish to object to our decision to refuse to provide you with certain information, you should complain in writing to the Chief Executive.

If you are still not happy, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.