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Freedom of Information Act 2000 Freedom of Information Act 2000


Freedom of Information Act 2000 Freedom of Information Act 2000

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									                                                       Ashby & District Local Link
If you wish to complain                                Ashby Link
If you are unhappy with how the council handled        Ashby High Street
                                                                                                  Freedom of
your request, you can follow the complaints            North Lincolnshire
procedure. It can be found on the council’s website.   DN16 2RY
                                                       Tel (& Fax) 01724 296832
                                                                                                  Information Act
You can seek an independent review if you are          Email:
unhappy with the council’s response under FOI.         Barton Local Link
                                                       The Old Magistrates' Court
This will be from the Information Commissioner.        High Street
These can be made in writing to:                       BARTON-UPON-HUMBER
                                                       DN18 5PA
                                                       Tel: 01724 296800
The Information Commissioner,                          Email:
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,                  Brigg and District Local Link
Cheshire, SK9 5AF                                      Hewson House
                                                       Station Road
But before the Information Commissioner becomes        BRIGG
                                                       DN20 8XB
involved, you will be expected to have taken your      Tel: 01724 296840
grievance through the council’s complaints             Email:
procedure.                                             Crosby Local Link
                                                       Crosby Local Link
                                                       146 Frodingham Road
                                                       North Lincolnshire
                                                       DN15 7NJ
                                                       Telephone: 01724 296876
                                                       Crowle and North Axholme Local Link
                                                       Crowle Community Resource Centre
                                                       52-54 High Street
                                                       North Lincolnshire
                                                       DN17 4DR
                                                       Tel: 01724 296850
                                                       Epworth and South Axholme Local Link
                                                       Epworth Library and Local Link
                                                       Chapel Street
                                                       North Lincolnshire
                                                       DN9 1HQ
                                                       Tel: 01724 296870
                                                       Scunthorpe and District Local Link
                                                       Church Square House
                                                       30-40 High Street
                                                       DN15 6NL
                                                       Tel: 01724 296820                        
                                                       Winterton and District Local Link
                                                       Winterton Library and Local Link
                                                       West Street
                                                       DN15 9QG
                                                       Tel: (01724) 296873
What is the Freedom of                                                                                             Fees and Charges
Information Act 2000?                                                                                              The council may in some circumstances charge a
                                                                                                                   fee to cover the cost of collecting the information.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) allows
                                                                                                                   The FOI Act provides for councils to charge a fee
you to ask for information held by public bodies
                                                                                                                   for providing information, if the cost of finding and
such as North Lincolnshire Council. The act became
                                                                                                                   gathering the information will exceed £450 (two
law on 1 January 2005.
                                                                                                                   and a half days worth of time). If a fee is involved
The council must respond to all valid FOI requests                                                                 you will be informed in writing. The 20 working days
made in writing within 20 working days. But the act                                                                period is put on hold until the fee is paid. If you do
makes clear that certain types of information are                                                                  not pay the fee within three months we will assume
exempt. These include personal and confidential                                                                    that you no longer want the information.
data. If this is the case the council will contact you.
                                                                                                                   If the cost of providing copies of the information is
Information already available on the council’s
                                                                                                                   particularly high, we may make a charge. If copying
website is not a valid FOI enquiry.
                                                                                                                   or other charges are to be made, the 20 working
The council will strive to respond to all requests                                                                 days will not be put on hold. We may contact you in
within 20 working days.                                                                                            advance to see if you are willing to pay or wish to
                                                                                                                   receive the information in another format. If you
What happens to your request?                                                                                      want the copies, we will bill you when you receive
It is logged on to our electronic system and sent to                                                               your information.
the relevant council section to resolve. Each enquiry
is given its own reference number.

What you need to do to obtain                             To find out if the information you require is already    Access to Information
                                                          available on our website, you should use the search
information under FOI                                                                                              Separate from FOI, you already have a legal right
                                                          facility. You can also look under the heading ‘A to Z
                                                                                                                   to attend council meetings. These include meetings
You must apply in writing to obtain the information       of services’ on the website.
                                                                                                                   of the cabinet, the whole council, and meetings
you require under FOI. This includes a letter, fax or
                                                          If you do not have Internet access but require a         such as planning and licensing. You also have the
e-mail. Or you can complete the short FOI form on
                                                          paper copy of any information, please call in at one     right to obtain agenda papers, reports (in a small
the council’s website at
                                                          of our local link offices or libraries, or at Pittwood   number of cases, there are certain exceptions),
                                                          House reception.                                         and minutes of meetings. If you require a
You need to provide us with:
                                                                                                                   background paper, these are available in most
• your full name and address and – if appropriate –       You should send your request in writing to:              cases. A background paper contains information
  your e-mail address;                                    Freedom of Information Contact Centre                    used to prepare a report. A background paper is
• details of the information you need; and                Local Link Office                                        listed at the end of a report. These rights form part
                                                          Church Square House                                      of the Local Government (Access to Information)
• the format in which you require this – e.g. as a
                                                          30-40 High Street                                        Act 1985. The act remains in force alongside the
  letter, fax or email.
                                                          Scunthorpe                                               Freedom of Information Act (2000). If you need
• Please make sure you mark the request freedom           DN15 6NL                                                 to know more or require help, ring Democratic
  of information                                          Fax: 01724 297449                                        Services on 01724 296230. Reports, minutes and
                                                          Or you can e-mail your enquiry to:                       dates of meetings are on our website.

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