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Freedom of Information Act 2000

Information that can be released under the Freedom of Information Act

Not all types of information are discloseable under the Act, as some can be withheld under a number of Exemptions.  The Freedom of Information Act does not cover personal information. If you wish to make a request for your own personal information held by the Council, this must be done as a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act 1998. Please use the following link to find out more:Data Protection Act 1998

Exemptions which may prevent information being released to the public include, but are not limited to:

  • Information available elsewhere (Section 21)
  • Information that would cost the Council more than £450 to gather (Section 12)
  • Personal Information (Section 40)
  • Information that would prejudice an organisations Commercial Interests (Section 43)
  • Information prohibited from disclosure by law (Section 44)

For more information, click here to be taken to the Information Commissioner's website

To view all of Mendip District Council's open data on data.gov.uk please visit:  Mendip District Council INSPIRE Data

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force on 1 January 2005, allowing the public new rights of access to information held by the Council .

The Act gives you the right to request information from the Council. It is intended to promote a culture of openness and accountability and, therefore, create a better understanding of how we carry out our duties, make decisions and provide services to the public. Requests must be responded to within 20 working days.  The Council will send you an acknowledgement letter once a request has been received to inform you of this deadline. For more, please see the Council's Freedom of Information Policy: pdf icon Freedom of Information Policy [142kb]

The Council's Publication Scheme lists information that is already made available either in hard copy or electronically and also whether or not a charge is made for supplying that information. pdf icon Mendip District Council Publication Scheme [992kb]