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The Freedom of Information Act has, from 1st January 2005, provided a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by North West Leicestershire District Council and other public bodies, subject to certain exemptions.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was introduced with the purpose of encouraging more open and accountable government by establishing a general statutory right of access to official records and information.

The Act entitles anybody to ask a public authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including Government Departments, for any recorded information that they keep.

The Freedom of Information Act applies to all 'Public Authorities' including:

  • Government departments and local assemblies
  • Local authorities and councils
  • Health trusts, hospitals and doctors’ surgeries
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Publicly funded museums
  • The Police
  • Lots of other non-departmental public bodies, committees and advisory bodies

The FOI Act operates alongside the Data Protection Act 2018, which allows people to access information about themselves (e.g. personal records, or information held by credit reference agencies)

The Freedom of Information Act can be viewed on at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/.

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