Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access recorded information held by public sector organisations.
The FOI Act is overseen by the Information Commissioner who also has responsibility for The Data Protection Act 1998, and The Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
The Trust’s Obligations under the Freedom of Information Act
Schools are under a duty to provide advice and assistance to anyone requesting information. The enquirer is entitled to be told whether the school holds the information (the duty to confirm or deny) except where certain exemptions apply. A well-managed records and management information system is essential to help schools to meet requests.
There are prescribed time limits for responding to requests for information. Requests should be dealt with within 20 working days.
Wilfully concealing, damaging or destroying information in order to avoid answering an enquiry is an offence.
Although FOI presumes openness, it recognises the need to protect sensitive information in certain circumstances and provides for exemptions.