The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) confers:
· A duty on every public authority to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme;
· A general right of access from 1st January 2005 to recorded information held by public authorities. Subject to certain conditions and exemptions set out in the Act, an applicant has the right to ask ‘do you have it’ and ‘may I see it?’
The Publication Scheme attached below details the information, which the practice publishes and intends to publish in the future, including the format in which the information is available and whether or not a charge will be made for the provision of the information.
Freedom of Information Act publication scheme
A request for information under the general rights of access must be received in writing (including e-mail) for an Freedom of Information application. It must state the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence, and describe the information requested. If you wish to email the practice with a request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please write to the practice manager, Miss Debra Tucker.
The Act specifies several different exemptions and when they can be applied. There are 2 types of exemptions: absolute and qualified. An absolute exemption means that the practice does not always have to confirm or deny that they hold the information. A qualified exemption means that the practice has to consider the public interest before making the decision. The practice will endeavour to use these exemptions sparingly.