Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act?

To give the public greater access to information about the workings of government and public bodies.

 

What new rights does the Act create?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives two related rights:

  • The right to be told whether the information exists, and
  • The right to receive the information (subject to exemptions).

 

When did the Act come into force?

The Individual Right of Access came into effect on 1st January 2005. Public authorities have also had to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme. The Police Service has had such a scheme in place since 30th June 2003.

 

How do I go about requesting information?

Gloucestershire Constabulary have set up their own system for processing FOI requests - please go to the obtaining information page for details.

 

Do I have to pay for any of the information included in the Publication Scheme?

Details of charges applicable can be found in the Publication Scheme.

 

Does the Act only apply to records created from 1st January 2005?

No, the Act is fully retrospective.

 

Will I be able to obtain personal information about myself under the Act?

Requests for personal information will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act.

 

Who ensures that Gloucestershire Constabulary complies with the Act?

The Information Commissioner is responsible for ensuring that all public authorities comply with the Act.

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