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Journalism, PR and Media


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Parliament and MPs

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act allows you to request and receive information from a huge number of publicly-funded bodies. There are several exemptions to the Act, however, so not all requests may succeed.

 Before you make a FOI request, it may be worth doing some checking first. Most bodies affected by the act should have: 

  • a publication scheme, which tells you what information they they have already made publicly available
  • a disclosure log, which tells you what  FOI requests they have already received. If the request was successful, they will provide the information; if the request was unsuccessful, they will say why.

Checking these before you make a request will avoid wasting time making requests for information that is already available, or help you formulate your own request to improve its chances of success.

Government and society