Freedom of information
What is the Freedom of Information Act 2000?
The Act requires all public authorities to be open with information and therefore gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by the council. It also sets out exemptions from that right and places various obligations upon the council.
Any person can make a request to the council for information which must be in writing. We will acknowledge your request upon receipt and provide you with the information, subject to exemptions, within 20 working days.
There are a number of ways in which you can make a request:
- complete our online request form
- email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- write to the council's Freedom of Information Officer (see address in Contacts section)
Information already available
Our ‘guide to information’ page provides an overview of council information and signposts the information already available on our website.
We are receiving an increasing number of requests which relate to the same topic so we are now making even more information available through our website. To view more information on the most recent topics, please click on the links below:
- Public funerals (Bona Vacantia)
- Business rate accounts (non-domestic properties) - information regularly published
- Empty property details - Refusal Document - we do not disclose details of empty properties under FOI and we do not publish this information online
The publication scheme summarises the types of information the council makes available. We adopted a new publication scheme on 4 December 2008, to take effect from 1 January 2009. You can view/download this document (see Downloads section).
We may consider some requests manifestly unreasonable if they exceed the appropriate limit specified in the Freedom of Information Act Fees Regulations. If your request is likely to exceed £450 (18 hours at £25 per hour) we will offer you advice and assistance to help you refine your request and we will always undertake the public interest test before refusing any manifestly unreasonable requests. We wish to make as much information as possible available free of charge. However, some publications have a cover charge and where photocopies of documents are required, these will be charged for.
We think it is important that you can access information and we welcome your comments for any improvements we can make. Please put your comments in writing and send to:
The Freedom of Information Officer
HR, IT and Technical Services
South Oxfordshire District Council (see address in Contact section of this page)
or email: email@example.com
Last reviewed: 12 - 08 - 2015