About the act

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 places duties on all public authorities, including Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces.

The Act is part of a wider initiative to make government and its decision-making processes more open and accountable and provide authorities with an opportunity to review their openness and accessibility.

The Information Commissioner is responsible for promoting the Act, advising on good practice and may overrule an authority’s decision not to disclose information.

Summary of the Act

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was fully implemented in January 2005 and allows any individual or body to have the right of access to information held by the authority. This right of access includes both a right to be told whether the information exists, as well as the right to receive it.