Freedom of information

Guidance for how to ask for information held by Barnsley Council.

What is Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, including the council.  It sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on the council.

Barnsley Council's Freedom of Information Policy also contains information to help us carry out actions and make decisions under the act.

Since January 2005 any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether they hold that information and, subject to exemptions, be supplied with that information.

Since September 2013 new provisions (Protection of Freedoms) state if a public authority is providing information that constitutes a dataset, and the requester has expressed a preference to receive the information in electronic form, they must provide it in a re-usable format so far as reasonably practicable.  Barnsley Council provide an Open Government Licence (OGL) as a default licence for datasets that can be re-used without charge.

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