Freedom of Information


Effingham Parish Council
Statement of Policy: Requests for Information

1.  Availability
Effingham Parish Council will make information publicly available under the Data Protection Act 1998, or Freedom of Information Act 2000, or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 unless there are sound operational or public interest reasons for not doing so or there are legal reasons preventing it – in particular reasons relating to the Data Protection Act 1998 and the privacy of individuals.  

The sort of information Effingham Parish Council holds is listed in its Model Publication Scheme, which you can download as a pdf from here.

Please note that requests must be about specific information. This does not mean copies of documents. These aspects are explained more in the Model Publication Scheme.

2.  Confidentiality
Effingham Parish Council will not classify information as CONFIDENTIAL without clear justification for doing so, as provided for under the terms of Freedom of Information legislation.

3.  Equality
Effingham Parish Council will make the information requested available in any reasonable format appropriate to a person's physical, social or educational circumstances, or first language.

4.  Charges
As allowed by the Freedom of Information or Data Protection Acts and the Environmental Information Regulations, to help cover the cost of finding and making available the requested information, Effingham Parish Council will charge the fee (if any) shown in its Model Publication Scheme. Any fee would be payable before the information is provided.

If an applicant requests information where, following an initial assessment of the workload, to provide it would cost more than the maximum allowed by current Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations, Effingham Parish Council will contact the applicant and let him/her know what the fee will be before proceeding.

5.  Contact us
To make a request for information, download, complete and return the relevant form:
- The form to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 is here;
- The Subject Access Form to request information under the Data Protection Act 1998 is here.