Thursday 18 September 2014

Freedom of Information

East Midlands Councils is committed to open government and to making as much information as possible available, in both print and electronic formats.

If you are looking for information about the East Midlands Councils' work, try the About Us section including the Frequently asked Questions pages.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

East Midlands Councils Statement for Freedom of Information (FOI)

East Midlands Councils (EMC), aims to be as open as possible by making as much information  as possible, publicly available on our website. East Midlands Councils will disclose recorded information held by it, subject to a range of exemptions. A full list of exemptions can be found at the Ministry of Justice website: http://www.justice.gov.uk/information-access-rights/foi-guidance-for-practitioners/exemptions-guidance 

East Midlands Councils will usually respond within 20 working days of receipt of written requests. If we are not able to meet that deadline, for good reason, we will keep the applicant informed.

If there are any sensitivities associated with the request we will provide as much information as possible and explain why certain information has been withheld. If the request actually relates to another organisation/contact, East Midlands Councils has worked with; we will forward the request to them and inform the applicant of this.

East Midlands Councils may charge for information where the cost of complying with the request, exceeds £450.

Freedom of Information Requests

Freedom of Information requests should be sent to Alison Neal:

by e-mail: info@emcouncils.gov.uk  
by post: FOI Officer, East Midlands Councils, Phoenix House
Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0UL.

If an applicant is dissatisfied with the response from East Midlands Councils he/she should contact East Midlands Councils in the first instance explaining why he/she is dissatisfied and this will be dealt with accordingly. Should the applicant remain dissatisfied, he/she can request an independent review from the Information Commissioner. This should be made in writing directly to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Tel: 0303 123 1113
Fax: 01625 524510

Web: http://www.ico.gov.uk/