How to make a Freedom Of Information or Environmental Information Request COVID-19 FOI Update
The Council is presently focusing all of its resources on priority services, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting our residents and businesses.
In light of this we are unable to process Freedom of Information Requests within the timescales required.
We would appreciate your patience during the present situation and we will do what we can to ensure that you receive a response but cannot commit to when that will be. At a point when resources can be allocated to this we will let you know and update you on progress in relation to your FOI request.
How to make a request
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. The Act does this in two ways: The requirement for the local authority to publish and maintain a publication scheme (a guide to their services and information) and; The requirement for the local authority to respond to requests for information and provide a response within twenty working days
Anyone, including commercial companies, can make a freedom of information request (FOI). Individuals do not have to be a UK citizen, or reside in the UK, in order to make a request for information.
Search for FOI requests
The council publishes all responses issued to FOI and EIR requests on our FOI Disclosure Log. The log is updated weekly, so we encourage you to search for the information you require before submitting a request, as we may have previously responded to something similar.
Submit an FOI request
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) & Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR)
If the information you require is not in our Publication Scheme, or available on the FOI Disclosure Log, Data Transparency pages, then you can make either a FOI or EIR request.
The Council will treat any request for environmental information under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). The EIRs are very similar to FOIs in that we must respond to requests within 20 working days and we must proactively publish environmental information. Examples of environmental information which the Council might hold would include information about planning, waste management and pollution.
FOI requests must be submitted in writing or you can make a request online using this email address – FOI@rutland.gov.uk. EIR requests can be made verbally, however we do encourage written requests to ensure that we have as much detail as possible in order to search for and provide the information you have asked for.
You should receive the information you have requested within 20 working days of making your request. If we need to extend this, we will contact you and explain why. We may not be able to release certain information to you and where this is the case we will clearly set out the reasons for withholding the information in our response to you. You will also be provided with details of how to appeal our decision.
If you require further assistance, please contact the Information Governance Team by telephone on 01572 722577
or email FOI@rutland.gov.uk .
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