The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 deal with official information held by public authorities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
These regulations give people the right to request information held by public authorities.
This “right to know” allows you to access a range of recorded information held by the Council, such as emails, minutes of meetings, research or reports and is intended to promote a culture of openness and accountability.
East Sussex in Figures (external link) is a website run by East Sussex County Council providing a wide range of demographic and socio-economic data.
Under the FOI Act, any person making a request in writing for information to a public authority is entitled:
- to be informed whether the authority holds information of that description,
- if so, to have it communicated to them (unless an FOI exemption applies).
Making an FOI or EIR Request
FOI requests must be made in writing. Requests under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 may also be made verbally.
What to provide when making a request
- Please ensure you make your request as specific as possible, providing as much detail as you can to enable us to respond effectively.
- Tell us your preferred format for receiving the information, for example by email, or as a paper copy.
Once we receive sufficient information to process your request we have 20 working days to respond.
If you have any concerns with the response you receive, first contact Wealden Information Governance who will aim to resolve your enquiry. If you still believe that the Council has not complied with the FOI Act /EIR Regulations in responding to your request, you may ask for an internal review.
If you wish to do so, please set out the grounds of your request by email or by writing to the Customer Relations Manager.
All requests for an internal review will be dealt with under the Council’s FOI/EIR Internal Review Procedure .
Wealden District Council is fully committed to meeting both the spirit and the letter of the Act.
If you are looking for information about what we do, we already publish a lot of information which can be found within our Publication Scheme, our Disclosure Log or on our website.