Access to 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.

  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs) came into force on 1 January 2005, to coincide with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. They clarify and extend previous rights to environmental information.
  • Data Protection ActData Protection covers any form of personal information regarding living individuals. This information, whether it be on paper or in electronic format, has legal protection under the Data Protection Act 1998. Some categories of personal information are exempt from sections of the Act, and some highly sensitive data is given added protection
  • Audit Commission - National Fraud Initiative - Data matchingThis authority is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
  • Records managementRecords Management is governed by a number of laws and regulations, which includes the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
  • Disclosure LogThe Disclosure Log details selected replies have been responded to by North Kesteven District Council under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.