1. The Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access recorded information held by public sector organisations.

Anyone can request information – there are no restrictions on your age, nationality or where you live.

Your request will be handled under different regulations depending on the kind of information you ask for, eg the:

An organisation could refuse your request if the information is sensitive or the costs are too high.

Before you make a request

You might not need to make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to get the information you need.

An organisation might be able to give you information straight away, eg over the phone. You can also check published responses to FOI requests.