- Updated environmental information guidance
- What are the Environmental Information Regulations 2004? When do they apply compared to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests?
- What guidance currently exists on the EIR?
- What is the background to the three new updated pieces of guidance and how do they fit with the ICO’s general ‘Guide to the Environmental Information Regulations’?
- What does the updated guidance on ‘what is environmental information?’ cover and why was it updated?
- What does the updated guidance on ‘public authorities under the EIR’ cover and why was it updated?
- What does the updated guidance on ‘Charging for environmental information’ cover and why was it updated?
- What are the implications of the new guidance? Does it clarify any important issues?
Environment analysis: The Information Commissioner’s Office (IOC) has updated its guidance on the Environmental Information Regulations, 2004 SI to help local authorities achieve best practice and understand their obligations. Simon Tilling, senior associate at Burges Salmon, gives more clarity on what constitutes ‘environmental information’, what has changed and why.
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