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Freedom of Information Act 2000

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 the Council holds. Held means information recorded in any format.

If you require information about yourself held by Cumberland Council, this is dealt with under data protection law. Please visit our Data Protection page for more information.

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.

Local Government Reorganisation

From 1st April 2023, for a transitional period, FOI and EIR requests will still need to be submitted to the former councils' websites.  To submit a request to the former Carlisle City Council please see details below.

Making a Freedom of Information request

For your request to be dealt with according to the Freedom of Information Act, you must:

  • make the request in writing, for example by using our online form, by email or by sending in the request form located in the downloadable documents.
  • give your full name
  • give an address to which we can reply. This can be a postal or email address.

Please be as specific as possible about the information you want.

For advice and assistance on making a Freedom of Information request please email [email protected]

Make an Information Request

Disclosure Log

From 1st December 2020 you can search the Disclosure Log to see Carlisle City Council’s responses to previous requests for information under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).

View the Disclosure Log

Prior to 1st December 2020 please see downloadable documents on this page for a list of requests received each year since 2017. If you would like a copy of a response please email [email protected] giving the reference number.

You can visit our Open Data site, where we put our most commonly requested datasets including Business Rates data. Many of the Council's registers are also available to view on our publication scheme page.

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Publication Scheme

Central to the Act, Section 19(2) sets out the requirements for a publication scheme. A publication scheme must specify

  • the classes of information the council publishes or intends to publish;
  • the manner in which they will be published;
  • whether the information is available free of charge or on payment of a fee.

Section 19(3) states that "in adopting or reviewing a publication scheme, a public authority shall have regard to the public interest in allowing public access to information held by the authority and in the publication of reasons for decisions made by the public authority".

The council has developed a publication scheme, which has been approved by the Information Commissioner. These web pages will be reviewed from time to time, and any updated versions will be available here. They follow the guidance outlined by the Information Commissioner in the national model publication scheme

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