Freedom of information

Freedom of information

The following guidance is aimed at people working in central government departments who deal with freedom of information requests. It may also be a useful reference tool for those working in other public authorities.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force in January 2005 and gives any person legal rights of access to information which is held by a public authority. We are responsible for freedom of information policy in the UK. We develop the framework for the Act to be enacted properly by public authorities, providing them with guidance and best practice.

If you are a member of the public seeking guidance on how to submit a freedom of information request please go to Directgov.