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Freedom of Information Act 2000

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.

There are also similar rights to environmental information under the Environmental Information Regulations.

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, which allows people to access information about themselves (e.g. personnel records, or information held by credit reference agencies) and the Environmental Information Regulations, which give people access to information about the environment.

The Act itself can be viewed on the website of the The National Archives UK Legislation site at

How to find information

How to make a freedom of information request, view information already released and make a request for personal data.

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