During the coronavirus pandemic, Hambleton District Council will continue to receive and respond to access to information requests as best we can.
The handling of Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) requests are understandably not a priority for the council at this time. This is supported by the ICO which has advised the public to expect delays to any FOI or EIR requests made to a public body, as we divert our resources to help with the crisis affecting the country.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 gives a general right of access to information held by organisations such as Hambleton District Council by creating a right to make a request for information.
Anyone, including people living abroad, non-UK citizens, journalists, political parties, lobby groups and commercial organisations, has the right to ask public authorities for any information they hold.
There are a number of exemptions (information which does not have to be released). They relate to information for a variety of functions, covering national security; law enforcement; commercial interests; personal data; international relations and formulation of government policy.
To make a Freedom of Information request please provide as much detail as possible as this will help us deal with your request quickly.
In some circumstances we may charge you for responding to requests. In these cases we will write to you and give the option to change your request or pay the appropriate fee.
If your FOI request concerns schools, Trading Standards, highways and transport, children and youth or adult social services please contact North Yorkshire County Council.
More information is available on exemptions on the Information Commissioner’s website