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Wednesday , November , 22 2017

Freedom of Information Act 2000

One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is that public authorities should be clear and proactive about the information they make available to the public. The Act is intended to encourage organisations to make more information available to the public and to develop a greater culture of transparency and openness.

Information already requested

Please see downloadable documents below for a list of requests received for each calendar year since the Act came into force. If you would like a copy of a response please email [email protected] giving the reference number.
 You can also have a look at our  Open Data site, where we are putting our most commonly requested datasets.

Requests for information

The Freedom of Information Act came into full force on 1 January 2005 when applicants were able to exercise their full right to request access to any information Carlisle City Council holds. Held means information recorded in any format.

If you require information about yourself held by Carlisle City Council, this is dealt with under the Data Protection Act 1998.

  Freedom of Information- FAQ

Access rights

Anyone is able to make a request for information, although the request must be in a permanent form (eg in writing or an e-mail).  The council has developed a downloadable information request form (see downloads section) which may help you frame your request. You may also use our online version of this form.

The Act gives applicants two related rights:

  • The right to be told whether the information exists
  • The right to receive the information (and where possible, in the manner requested, ie as a copy or summary, or the applicant may ask to inspect a record)

Carlisle City Council will have to respond to requests within 20 working days and we may charge a fee calculated according to Fees Regulations. If a fee is required it must be paid in advance and if the fee is not paid within three months then the request for information will lapse.

Any person who makes a request to the council for information must be informed whether the council holds that information and, subject to a number of exemptions, should be supplied with that information. In cases where information is covered by an exemption, the council is required to consider if the public interest in maintaining the exemption in question outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

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