What can I ask for?
You can make a FOI request for information, irrespective of the form in which it is recorded, that was created on, or after, 11 October 2011, and which is held by public authorities listed in the Act at the time the request is made.
"Information" can be recorded in many formats including, for example, documents, minutes, emails, images, audio or visual recordings. However, when responding to requests, public authorities are not required to:
- create or derive information from information that it holds;
- undertake research into, or analysis of, information that it holds;
- undertake substantial compilation or collation of information that it holds.
The right of access is to the particular "information" requested and not, for example, to a copy of the entire document that the information is contained in.
How much does it cost?
Nothing - the Council of Ministers has decided not to introduce fees at present.
If you want information about yourself, you must make a subject access request under the Data Protection Act