Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) gives every citizen the right to request information from public sector organisations, including Government, local authorities, the National Health Service, Schools, the Police and the Fire Service. You can use this and other legislation such as the Environmental Information Regulations and the Data Protection Act to request information from Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Our Publication Scheme

​The Council already makes a great deal of information available, by publishing it or allowing people to inspect it.

Our Publication Scheme provides a guide to the current information we routinely publish, or intend to publish. It aims to help you understand what information is already available, how to find/access it and whether or not a charge applies.

If you cannot find a reference to the information you want in our publication scheme or by searching our website, you will need to ask us for it.  

What if I'm not happy with my response?

​If you have made a Freedom of Information request to the Council and you are not satisfied with how this request has been dealt with or responded to, you have the right to have this decision internally reviewed.

Making a request for Information (RFI) under the FOIA 2000 and EIR 2004

​Before making a request, you might want to check that:

To make a Freedom of Information request you can:

Please set out what information you would like to see and details of how we can contact you.

Your request will be dealt with under FoIA or the access rights applicable under other legislation, such as the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. (Information about the right of subject access under the Data Protection Act may be found on our data protection pages).​​​

Can I have all the information I ask for?

​In response to a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, the county council may refuse to supply some or all of the information, or may be unable to process your request for another reason. In such situations, you will be advised of the reasons why. This link provides reasons why you may not receive the information you have asked for; it is not a comprehensive legal guide, but is intended to provide general information.​​​


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