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Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Freedom of
Information Act 2000 promotes openness and accountability in
public sector organisations such as Medway Council.
It gives everyone the right to see information held by us, so
that there is a better understanding of:
- how we carry out our duties
- why decisions are made
- how public money is spent.
Information we regularly publish
We make a lot of information
readily available online. This is called our publication
scheme, or you can search this website for information.
If you can't find the information you are looking for, you
can ask for it through a Freedom of Information (FoI)
You can make a request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or if you would prefer to make a request by letter, post it
Information Governance Team, Legal Services, Medway Council, Gun
Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR.
A Freedom of Information request has to be answered within 20
working days of the council receiving it.
We will either provide the information you have asked for or let
you know if we:
- do not hold the information you want
- if it is already publicly available (where/who you can obtain
- if any fee/charge applies
- if some or all of the information cannot be released and
Most FoI requests are processed free of charge, but we will
require a fee if finding the information will take more than 18
hours of work. If we do require a fee you will be told how much
this will be before we provide information.
Information that cannot be released
On some occasions we may have a good reason for withholding
information you have asked for.
The Act contains a number of exemptions, which fall into two
categories - 'absolute' or 'qualified'.
If information falls into the 'absolute' category the council is
not obliged to release it.
If information falls into the 'qualified' category it means we
have to decide whether it is in the public interest to release or
withhold the information.
There are various reasons why information may be withheld. Some
examples are where:
- we intend to publish the information in future
- the law says we must not release it
- it would breach confidentiality or the Data Protection Act
- it would harm law enforcement and investigations, health and
safety, or national security.
If we decide to withhold information we will tell you why and
explain your rights to a review.
Find out about exemptions in detail on the Ministry of
If you are not satisfied with the response
If you disagree with any exemptions applied to your FoI request
or are not satisfied with how we have handled your request, you are
entitled to a review. You will be advised on how to ask
for a review when your request is answered.