Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 came into force on 1 January 2005. It gives you the right to request all types of recorded information held by public authorities.

The act specifically states that any person making a request for information to a public authority is entitled:

  1. to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds information of the description specified in the request
  2. if so, to have that information provided to them within 20 working days.

If you wish to obtain any information from us then you should first check whether it is contained within our Publication Scheme and, if not, submit an online request

Publication scheme

The Freedom of Information publication scheme is a guide to information routinely published by us and Officers introduced the document in response to the requirements of section 19 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000, The document also supports our commitment to ensuring that information of public interest is easily available in the interests of open and accountable government..

This is a guide to information routinely published by us and which is our intention to publish. We produced the scheme in response to the requirements of section 19 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. It also supports our commitment to make information of public interest widely and easily available in the interests of open and accountable government.

Making a request

Before you submit a request we would recommend that you view the District Council's Publication Scheme [PDF 0.28MB] because the information you want may already be available on the website.

If you can't find the information through the publication scheme, then you can make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. Requests must be in writing, must contain a name and address for us to contact you, and must describe the information you want in enough detail that we can find it.

Make a request

You can make a request by online form, email or letter. We recommend that you make your request in writing using our online form so that we are clear about what you require.

All requests that we receive under the Freedom of Information Act will be dealt with promptly, and we will aim to respond no later than 20 working days after we receive the request.

Please note that we may charge a fee for providing you with the information, to cover the costs of printing, photocopying and postage. We will let you know if a fee applies to your request.

Exempt information

We may not be able to release all information that is requested. There are 23 classes of exempt information defined in the Freedom of Information Act such as personal data and commercially sensitive data. If we are unable to supply you with the information, we will let you know and explain which exemption applies and why we cannot give you the information.

Data Protection

All personal information provided to Derbyshire Dales District Council will be held and treated in confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. It will only be used for the purpose it was given. Some personal data may be shared with trusted partners such as Serco and Chesterfield Borough Council to enable the Council to respond your request.