FOI and Data protection – Hurst Green Parish Council

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, sets out exemptions from that right, and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

Public authorities, including the the Parish Council:

  • must make as much information available as possible through their Publication Schemes
  • must respond to requests for information within 20 working days

The Parish Council has adopted the 2009 Model Publication Scheme issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office. This endorses our commitment to routinely publish and make available a broad amount of information about the council as part of our normal business activities. We aim to ensure that a significant amount of information is available without the need for a specific request, and therefore minimise inconvenience and cost to the public. Most of the information is available here on our website. In addition, where possible or practicable we make information available on the parish notice board located opposite the Village Hall in Station Road.

Further information about the Freedom of Information Act can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

Data protection

Hurst Green Parish Council is registered with the Information Commissioner as a data controller and a data processor.