Freedom of Information


The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act) asserts the right of individuals to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the need to protect legitimate confidential information.

Two of the main features of the FOI Act are:

  • A general right of access to information held by the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC), subject to certain conditions and exemptions.
  • A duty on the CRC to inform any person who requests information whether the CRC holds the information; and to communicate that information to the applicant unless one or more exemptions apply.

The CRC is obliged to respond to requests within 20 working days of receipt of the request.

Aim of our Publication Scheme

Our Publication Scheme brings together in one place and in a clear and structured manner the types of information that the CRC makes proactively available to the public.

The scheme describes the types of information that we publish or intend to publish, the formats in which it is available and also assists in finding information within the structure that we have adopted to make the information accessible.

Download our Publication Scheme

If you can’t download our publication scheme you can request a printed copy from the address below.

Who is responsible for maintaining the scheme and ensuring compliance with the Act?

Our Chief Information Officer has overall responsibility for the scheme and is responsible for maintaining the scheme on a day-to-day basis.

Any enquiries about this scheme should be addressed to:

Chief Information Officer
Commission for Rural Communities
John Dower House
Crescent Place
GL50 3RA
Or e-mail:

How we make information available

We routinely make a wide range and extensive amount of information available to the public in relation to its functions, activities and schemes.

Much of this information can be found on our website.

Copyright and what you can do with our content

Information not routinely available is accessible in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 [FOIA] by submitting a request for information to the Chief Information Officer.

How to access information we hold

How to apply for information

Making a request for your personal data

Fees and Charges

How to complain