The Freedom of Information Act gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

Anyone who requests information from a public authority must be told if the information is held, unless to do so would reveal exempt information. Subject to exemptions, they must be supplied with that information.

Individuals already have the right of access to information about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998. The Freedom of Information Act extends this right to allow public access to all types of information held by public authorities.

The act is made of two parts:

  • Publication Scheme
  • General Rights of Access