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Friday, October 23, 2009

The Freedom of Information Act


The FOI gives you the right to ask any public body for all the information they have on any subject you choose. Also, unless there's a good reason, Public authorities must comply with your request promptly, and should provide the information to you within 20 working days (around a month). If they need more time, they must write and tell you when they will answer, and why they need more time. Knowsley Council, being a public authority, are covered by this act; here's what they say on their website:

"The public has a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, including the council. Freedom of Information is part of a wider group of national policies which have the aim of modernising government and showing people how it is working on their behalf.

"When a person requests a piece of information, the council has a duty to disclose that information, if it holds it, and it is not subject to any legally defined exemptions.Knowsley Council has published a publication scheme which shows what information can already be accessed. Any information which is not part of the Publication Scheme can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000."

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