Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives the public 'a general right of access' to recorded information held by all public authorities.
We already make a great deal of information available, by publishing it or allowing people to inspect it.
Our Publication Scheme (pdf, 115kb) provides a guide to the current information we routinely publish. It aims to help you understand what information is already available, how to access it and whether or not a charge applies. If you cannot find a reference to the information you want in our Publication Scheme or by searching our website, you will need to ask us for it.
If you require simple information, contact the department concerned. For environmental information, including details of site investigations and remedial works, location of former landfill sites, pollution incident records and details of private water supplies, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making a FOI request
If you wish to make a request for information under FOI legislation, the request can be made online.
Freedom of Information Officer
South Derbyshire District Council
Please state 'Freedom of Information' at the top of your letter or email.
In line with the regulations, if expenses such as photocopying are more than £10 or staff costs are more than £450, we will pass these on to you. We will tell you if we plan to charge, so that you can decide whether to carry on with the request. We have the right to withhold information if you do not pay the charge.
What information is exempt from disclosure?
There are 23 exemptions where information does not have to be provided. These fall into two categories:
- Qualified exemptions: This is where we look at whether the public interest is weighted in favour of giving the information requested. Where this is found to be the case, the information will be given.
- Absolute exemptions: Absolute exemptions are unconditional. This could include information that is accessible by other means or information that was provided to the Council in confidence.
We will tell the applicant why we have turned down the request, quoting any relevant exemptions. The applicant then has a right of appeal, initially under our Freedom of Information Complaints Procedure. (pdf, 115kb)
If after the appeal, the information is still not disclosed, the applicant can ask the Information Commissioner’s Office to review the decision.