The FOIA came into force during 2005. The Act applies to all public authorities with the aim to make information available to any person (individual, company or any other body) on request. A request must be made in writing (including email). There are a number of exemptions that maybe applied to withhold information that should not be disclosed.
Under the Freedom of Information Act any person may make a request for information and must be treated applicant and motive blind. The organisation has up to 20 working days to respond to the request.
Main Features of the Act
- A general right of access from the 1st January 2005 (subject to certain conditions & exemptions) to all information held in recorded form
- To inform the applicant if the information is held
- To adopt a Publication Scheme (This is currently being developed)
To submit a Freedom of Information request email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written Requests see below:
NHS Walsall CCG, Jubilee House, Bloxwich Lane, Walsall, WS2 7JL
All requests will be processed in accordance with the FOIA and EIR.
Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)
The Environmental Information Regulations deal with environmental information held by public authorities in England.
You can make a request for information under the EIR the same way as you make a Freedom of Information request an EIR can also be made by telephone; however your request will be subject to the regulations governing EIR requests.
What to do if you are unhappy with our response
If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been handled, you can request a review by contacting Serena Ellis, Corporate Governance Officer, NHS Walsall CCG, Jubilee House, Bloxwich Lane, Walsall, WS2 7JL. Tel: 01922 618388
If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request following the CCG’s review, you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Tel: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45