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Freedom of Information

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Introduction
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000. It 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. A ‘public authority’ is defined in the Act, and includes but is not restricted to central and local government, non-departmental public bodies, the police, the health service and schools, colleges and universities. Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information and, subject to exemptions, be supplied with that information.

How can requests be made?
Requests must be made in writing and simply ask for information. They can be made by e-mail (click here), letter, fax but not a text message and must be legible and include a name and physical address to reply to.
How long do we have to provide the information to you?
Information must be provided as soon as possible, but in any case within 20 working days of the date the request was received.

PUBLICATION SCHEME

Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act requires public authorities to maintain a Publication Scheme, which must be approved by the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner’s Office has therefore approved, under Section 20 of the Act, a model Publication Scheme that is suitable for every public authority to adopt with effect from 1 January 2009. Humberside Police Authority adopted this Scheme on 9 December 2008.

Click here to view Humberside Police Authority's Publication Scheme.
Our Commitments
Our Publication Scheme commits us to:
  • Proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by the authority and falls within each classification.
  • Specify the information which is held by the authority and falls within each classification.
  • Proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within the scheme.
  • Produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.
  • Review and update on a regular basis the information the Authority makes available under the scheme.
  • Produce a schedule of any fees or charges for access to information which is made proactively available.
  • Make the Publication Scheme available to the public.
Classes of Information
Our Scheme contains 7 classes of information.
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