The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 is intended to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public sector bodies by providing people with rights of access to the information held by them. It is expected that these rights will facilitate better public understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do and how they spend public money.
The Freedom of Information Act sits alongside the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 as the principle mechanism for access to information held by English, Welsh and Northern Irish public bodies. The Act does not apply in Scotland which has its own FOI regime.
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. Subject to the exemptions, any person, who makes a request to a public authority for information, must be informed whether the public authority holds that information and if so, that information must be supplied. However, the request will have to satisfy certain conditions. The Authority has a 20 day timescale to respond to the information request.
To submit a request for information please complete a Freedom of Information Request Form.
Selby District Council has created a Publication Scheme under the Act. By law, Selby District Council must, under Section 19 of the Act:
- Adopt and maintain a scheme which relates to the publication of information by the Council;
- Publish information in accordance with its Publication Scheme; and
- Review its publication scheme from time to time.
The Council's Publication Scheme was approved by the Information Commissioner and is effective from 01 January 2009. The Scheme is available for viewing and outlines:
- The classes of information which the Council publishes or intends to publish;
- The manner in which information of each class is, or is intended to be, published; and
- Whether the material is, or is intended to be, available to the public free of charge or on payment.