Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 means that public authorities, including West Mercia Police Authority, have to give people access to all types of recorded information they might hold, subject to certain exemptions.
If you ask us for information we will let you know in writing whether we hold the information you have asked for and if we do, provide the information to you within 20 working days, unless it is subject to an exemption. We also have a duty to provide advice or assistance to you or anyone seeking information, for example, to explain what is readily available.
If you request information that we do not hold but we believe another organisation (e.g. West Mercia Police) may hold, we will contact you and ask for your consent to forward the request to that body.
West Mercia Publication Scheme
Under the Freedom of Information Act all public authorities, including West Mercia Police Authority, must have a Publication Scheme setting out the information made publicly available, how people can access the information and whether the information will be available free of charge or on payment. Most of the information is available on the Authority's website, although the information can also be obtained from us if you request it by letter, fax, e-mail or telephone.
The Information Commissioner's Office has recently updated its guidelines on the approach to the disclosure of information. The revised Publication Scheme and list of information provided by West Mercia Police Authority can be accessed through the following links:
Further information on the Freedom of Information is available from the Information Commissioner website: www.ico.gov.uk
Further information on the Freedom of Information is available from the Information Commissioner website:www.ico.gov.uk