A Practical Guide to Handling Freedom of Information Requests

Understand your rights and responsibilities in dealing with a variety of FOI requests.

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Details

  • Publication date: August, 2011
  • Pages: 127
  • ISBN: 9781907787959

Description

FOI requests submitted to public bodies are rising substantially each year, placing increasing pressure on those responsible for answering them

Now that direct action can be taken against public bodies that fail to provide acceptable response times, compliance with the legislation has never been more critical.

Ark Group’s Practical Guide to Handling Freedom of Information Requests provides comprehensive instructions on your rights and responsibilities in dealing with a variety of FOI requests.

It explains current Information Commission (IC) and FOI regulations in context of dealing with FOI requests and provides valuable guidelines on records management and improving media relations.

With clear advice, tips and templates, along with easily quotable case law, this report provides real-life examples to simplify the practical application of the law.

Order your copy today and receive this critical 120 page handbook along with complimentary CD ROM including 14 template letters, invaluable when responding to a variety of requests, including:

  • Acknowledgement of receipt of request for information
  • Refer applicant to the publication scheme
  • Information enclosed
  • Clarification requested
  • Information not held
  • Information held by third party, transfer the request
  • Notification to third party of intention to release information
  • Fees notice
  • Subject to a public interest test
  • Refusal (absolute)
  • Refusal (subject to PIT)
  • Vexatious/repeated refusal
  • Cost exceeds limit refusal
  • Neither confirm or deny

A Practical Guide to Handling Freedom of Information Requests also comes with useful appendices, contacts and resources including:

  • Public bodies covered by the Freedom of Information Act;
  • Data sets to be published by public bodies;
  • Examples of other statutory rights of access;
  • Examples of public registers;
  • Training providers and universities; and
  • An example undertaking by Aberdare Girls School

Contents

Chapter 1: Background to the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Chapter 2: Other access rights

Chapter 3: How to handle requests

Chapter 4: Refusing information

Chapter 5: Absolute exemptions

Chapter 6: Qualified exemptions

Chapter 7: The Information Commissioner and enforcement

Chapter 8: Performance and monitoring

Chapter 9: Publishing disclosed information and dealing with the media

Chapter 10: Useful resources

Appendix 1: Public bodies covered by the Freedom of Information Act

Appendix 2: Data sets to be published by public bodies

Appendix 3: Examples of other statutory rights of access

Appendix 4: Examples of public registers

Appendix 5: Undertaking by Aberdare Girls School

Appendix 6: Training providers and universities

Appendix 7: Definition of a qualified person

Appendix 8: The range of laws that prevent FOI disclosures

Check our Executive Summary and full table of contents here

Authors

Lynn Wyeth
Lynn Wyeth is head of information governance at Leicester City Council. Born in York in the UK and originally trained to be a teacher, Lynn’s desire to work in a more multicultural environment resulted in a move to Leicester 20 years ago. A love of politics resulted in a Masters degree in European Politics at Leicester University. Having previously worked for a member of European Parliament, a member of the UK Parliament and a county council as a political assistant, Lynn moved to her local council where she currently oversees the council’s information governance agenda, including data protection, freedom of information, information sharing and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). Lynn is currently completing an Information Rights Masters in Law degree at Northumbria University. She has regularly spoken at national conferences and to PhD students, and has been published in the Ark Group’s Freedom of Information for the Public Sector report, edited by Anna Shaw.

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