Introduction to freedom of information

The following Public Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Introduction to freedom of information
  • Rights and duties under FIA 2000
  • The right to know
  • The duty to confirm or deny
  • The duty to communicate information
  • The duty to provide advice and assistance
  • The duty to adopt and maintain a publication scheme
  • Making a request under FIA 2000
  • Exemptions under FIA 2000
  • Absolute exemptions
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for public law?

The freedom of information regime in the UK came fully into force in 2005, and is governed by the following key pieces of legislation:

  1. Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000)

  2. Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, SI 2004/3244

FIA 2000 confers a general right of access to information held by a public authority. Authorities have a duty to confirm or deny whether they hold information as specified in a request. Further, authorities have a duty to communicate information and to provide advice and assistance (respectively, sections 1(1)a, 1(1)(b) and 16 of the FIA 2000).

Rights and duties under FIA 2000

The right to know

FIA 2000 creates a general right for any person to request access to information held by an authority; this is commonly referred to as the right to know. The term 'any

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