Freedom of information
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 was enacted to increase public access to information held by public authorities. The Act places two main responsibilities on Mid Devon District Council. These are to pro-actively publish certain information through a Publication Scheme and to respond to written requests for information received from members of the public.
Mid Devon District Council has created a Publication Scheme in accordance with the model scheme issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). It contains links to electronic copies of certain documents and information. Where it is not appropriate to do this, advice as to how this information can be accessed is provided.
Requests under the Freedom of Information Act
Requests made under the FOIA must normally be made in writing and provide an address for correspondence. Requests can be made in person or by telephone in exceptional circumstances but in all cases a correspondence address is required. For the purpose of the Act an email or postal address will be sufficient. If you wish to submit a request please use the contact us form and make sure you include your correspondence address.
The Council is not required to generate new information in response to requests received but must consider for release information that is held at the time the request is received and to provide it within 20 working days.
The FOIA does not provide for unlimited access to all of the information held by us. There are limits to and restrictions on information that can be disclosed in response to a request. These restrictions are contained within sections of the Act itself and are referred to as exemptions. If we decide not to release information in response to a request we must clearly state the appropriate exemption that is being relied upon.
Complaints and reviews
If you are unhappy with the response that you have received to a request for information you are entitled to complain to the Council and request that an internal review of the decision be conducted. The review panel will consist of senior officers who were not involved in the original decision. Requests for internal review can be submitted through the same channels as the original request.
If you remain dissatisfied after the completion of an internal review, you are entitled to complain directly to the ICO who will consider the way in which your request has been handled. The ICO is the regulator for the Act and offers impartial advice about any aspect of the regime. The ICO publishes extensive guidance for members of the public through its website.
If you require any further information regarding Freedom of Information please contact us.