The Freedom of Information Act has been in operation for 10 years and allows anyone, anywhere in the world, the ability to ask public bodies in the United Kingdom for information.

These bodies, which range from central government and its agencies to schools and councils, have to provide a response by law. In most circumstances they must give the information, unless one of the Act’s exemptions apply.


More in this guide: 

The following pages give more information about the FOI Act and the rights of a requester.

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

Who is covered by the Freedom of Information Act?

How to send a request under the Act

Know your rights

How to complain about a request

The authority has not responded to my FOI request

Freedom of Information exemptions

Tips for making a request


Sections of the Act 

Below is a table of all the sections of the FOI Act, which link to the legislation’s text. If you would like to download or access this table in Google Drive it can be found here.