Freedom of Information
The FOIA (FOI) entitles you to ask us for any recorded information which we keep.
Cheshire East Council FOIA and EIRs policy and procedure
The purpose of this policy is to assist everyone to understand Cheshire East Council’s approach to meeting its statutory duties under FOIA and EIR . In line with the Government’s Transparency Agenda, there is a presumption in favour of the disclosure of information.
However, this is balanced with a need to ensure the confidentiality of some information relating to such areas as personal data, commercial interests, legal processes, and other instances where disclosure would not be in the public interest. In certain circumstances, requests for information may be refused.
Applying for information
Requests for information
- must be in writing
- there must be a name and address to send our response
This can be an e-mail address but if you require paper copies we will need a postal address.
- there is no need to mention the Freedom of Information Act 2000, but may help your request to be dealt with correctly
- you do not need to say why you want the information but you will need to provide details about what is being requested
This should be as clear as possible to help us locate the information you require.
The easiest way to make an application is to submit our Freedom of Information online form.
Information can I request
Our publication scheme lists routinely published information, how you can view that information and whether you will have to pay for it. Information may be subject to copyright so if you wish to make multiple copies or publish it in any way you will need to let us know.
I am not happy with the Council’s response
If you are unhappy with the FOI response you have received from us write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The request will then be examined again by a senior officer who has had no part in dealing with your initial request. This will be done within 20 days of your initial response.
If the complaint is not upheld and you are still not satisfied, you can approach the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and request that he reviews the decision. The ICO will not normally review a complaint under FOI until our internal complaints procedure has been exhausted.
Visit the Information Commissioner's Website
Phone: 0303 123 1113 (9am - 5pm Monday to Friday)
The Information Commissioner's Office