Freedom of information

Since January 2005 the Freedom of Information Act requires all public authorities, including Councils, to be open with information.

The Act gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by the Council.  It sets out exemptions from that right and places various obligations upon the Council including adopting and maintaining a Publication Scheme.  Any person who makes a request to the Council for information must be informed whether the Council holds that information and, subject to exemptions, be supplied with that information.

If you want information about a particular subject this website offers a number of ways of finding it:

  • The Site Search box at the top of the page is a powerful search tool which will look for a key word or phrase among our thousands of web pages and documents.
  • The A-Z of Council Services is an alphabetical index which provides links to relevant information about our services.

Information regarding paper records held can be found in the downloads section. If you cannot find reference to the information you need, please let us know at

Find out how to access information from a public body on the Information Commissioner Officer's website.

Read some of our responses on the WhatDoTheyKnow website.