You can ask for access to recorded information. The Act does not however cover information that is already in the public domain or can already be viewed by the public.
The council has adopted the Information Commissioner's revised Model Publication Scheme which sets out the council's commitment to make information available. This publication commits an authority to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities.
Model Publication Scheme (pdf 269kd opens in new window)
The scheme sets out the classes (types) of information which is available and which is identified in the council's guide (the council’s website). The guide gives details of the information that the council publishes or intends to publish; how the information is published; and whether a charge is payable.
Where information is not identified in the guide any individual or organisation can, under the Act's general right of access, ask to have access to any information held by the council.
Further information can be found from the Information Commissioner's Office (external website)