Freedom of Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

As the coronavirus pandemic continues with restrictions still in place and resources being re-deployed across our various council services, please be advised that we are still accepting and acknowledging FOI requests submitted to us. However, at this present time it may be that your request will be partially responded to, or placed on hold entirely. If your request falls into these categories, you will receive an acknowledgement advising you of this and an expected response date. Please be assured that all requests for information will receive a full response when we are in a position to do so. For those requests that we can respond to, we will do so without delay and you will receive a response in the normal manner.

Many of our service areas that contribute to the collation of FOI responses are under great pressure due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and are working hard to care and provide support for our communities. Due to these demands, the information that we proactively publish has either been temporarily suspended or will be delayed. Once there is an easing of demand on our service areas, we will again commence publishing data until we are once again up-to-date. We thank you for your understanding and patience with regards this matter

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. The Act does this in two ways:

  • The requirement for the local authority to publish and maintain a publication scheme (a guide to their services and information) and;
  • The requirement for the local authority to respond to requests for information and provide a response within twenty working days.

Anyone, including commercial companies, can make a freedom of information request (FOI). Individuals do not have to be a UK citizen, or reside in the UK, in order to make a request for information.

Search for FOI requests

The council publishes all responses issued to FOI and EIR requests on our FOI Disclosure Log. The log is updated daily, so we encourage you to search for the information you require before submitting a request, as we may have previously responded to something similar.

Some of the most common requests include those about business ratespublic health funeralssenior salariescouncil structure and payments over £500 made by the council.

Submit an FOI request

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) & Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR)

If the information you require is not in our Publication Scheme, or available on the FOI Disclosure Log, Data Transparency or other Open Data Information pages, then you can make either an FOI or EIR request.

The Council will treat any request for environmental information under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). The EIRs are very similar to FOIs in that we must respond to requests within 20 working days and we must proactively publish environmental information. Examples of environmental information which the Council might hold would include information about planning, waste management and pollution.

FOI requests must be submitted in writing or you can made a request online using the link. EIR requests can be made verbally, however we do encourage written requests to ensure that we have as much detail as possible in order to search for and provide the information you have asked for.

The process

You should receive the information you have requested within 20 working days of making your request. If we need to extend this, we will contact you and explain why. We may not be able to release certain information to you and where this is the case we will clearly set out the reasons for withholding the information in our response to you. You will also be provided with details of how to appeal our decision.

Further Help

If you require further assistance, please contact the Information Governance Team by telephone on 01733 452533 or email foi@peterborough.gov.uk.