Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of information for organisations

Your responsibilities and obligations to freedom of information

If you are a public authority you have a legal obligation to provide information through an approved publication scheme and in response to requests. Find out what you need to do.


We've highlighted five key questions on freedom of information.

Does the Act apply to me?

How do I answer an information request?

What should I do if an individual complains about an information request?

How should I make information available in a publication scheme?

What should I do about records management?


Sector guides

Where do you work? We've produced a set of guides where we have guidance that's sector specific.


Can't find what you're looking for? Our FAQs might help. 


Useful items

  • Document library

    Full details of all the legislation we oversee, corporate plans, annual reports and more...

  • Legislation

    Read the full text of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

  • News and events

    Find out the latest news on data protection and freedom of information.

  • Decision notices

    Want to find a particular decision notice? Use our dedicated search engine.