What is the Freedom of Information Act?
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives the public a general right of access to many kinds of information held by public authorities. The aim of the Act is to increase openness and accountability in the public sector.
Under the Act, from 1st January 2005 anyone seeking information from the Council will have the:
- right to be told whether or not the Council holds the information being requested
- right to have that information provided to them
Any information held by the Council is potentially eligible for release but certain categories of information may be protected, for example, personal information or commercially sensitive information.
A great deal of information is already publicly available from the Council without having to make a special request for it, particularly via the website. The types of information which are freely available are included in an authority’s Publication Scheme. The Council has not yet finalised its scheme and this will be included on the website as soon as possible.
How can I make a request?
If you want to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act, please note that your request must:
- be in writing (this can include e-mail or letter)
- state clearly what information is required
- state your name and address so that we can contact you
You can send your request:
By post to:
Freedom of Information
Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
PO Box 66
By e-mail to:
When the Council receives your request, it must respond as soon as possible and not later than 20 working days after receiving the request. The Council must confirm or deny that it holds the information requested and either provide the information or explain why it has not been provided.
In some cases, the Council may charge a fee for providing information, but where this applies you will be informed in advance so that you can decide whether to proceed with your request.
If you wish, you may download a Freedom of Information request form (Please note that you are not required to use this form to submit your request. You may submit a request in any written format).
You can view a copy of the Council’s Access to Information policy here.