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A guide to freedom of information

1 January 2012
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. This guide provides further details. This guide has been produced by the ICO and covers:
  • what is the Freedom of Information Act?
  • what information do we need to publish?
  • what should we do when we receive a request?
  • when can we refuse a request?
  • what happens when someone complains?
A guide to freedom of information

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