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This practice note focuses on the key points to consider when complying with a freedom of information request. Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000) a public authority (an 'authority') has an obligation to respond to a request for information made by any person, located anywhere in the world. Upon receipt of a valid request, the authority has a duty to confirm or deny in writing whether it holds the information requested, and if that is the case to communicate that information to the applicant.
The timeframe for compliance is 20 working days, although in certain limited circumstances this can be extended. Upon receipt of a request, an authority should
record the date on which the request was received
assess the validity of the request
establish whether information of the description specified in the request is held by the authority
estimate the cost of compliance
consider charging a fee
consider whether any exemptions apply
An authority may need not disclose the requested information if:
the cost of doing so would exceed the appropriate limit, which is set by regulation
the request is repeated or vexatious, or
an exemption applies
However, at all times when dealing with a request, the authority should act according to the duty to provide such advice and assistance as would be reasonable to
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