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Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) gives you the right to obtain information held by the OFT unless there are good reasons for why the information cannot be supplied.

The Act gives you a general right of access to information held by public authorities. The Act also requires public authorities to have an approved publication scheme, which is a means of providing access to information which an authority proactively publishes.

When responding to requests, there are procedural requirements set out in the Act which an authority must follow. There are also valid reasons for withholding information, which are known as exemptions from the right to know.

More details on the Freedom of Information Act can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

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Publication scheme
The Freedom of Information Act requires public authorities to have an approved publication scheme, which is a means of providing access to information which an authority proactively publishes.
Requesting information under the FoIA
How to make a Freedom of Information request and complaint procedures.
Requests and responses obtained under the FoIA
Previous requests made under the Freedom of Information Act and responses from the OFT and the responses.
Freedom of Information monitoring data
Statistics giving information on the number of freedom of information requests received and dealt with each quarter.
A to Z list of information published under the FoIA
A to Z list of information published under the Freedom of Information Act
Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs)
A list of organisations with which the OFT has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
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