Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 extends the right to allow public access to all types of information held by public authorities. The Act will not make available private and confidential information covered by the Data Protection Act 1998.
All Local Authorities must adopt and maintain the Model Publication Scheme, which has been prepared and approved by the Information Commissioner. This Model Publication Scheme commits an authority to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities.
Freedom of Information requests should be made to the Clerk of the Council:
post: Town Hall, Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, SK23 0HP
Tel: 01298 813320
Important notes on placing a request for information:
- The application must be in writing / sent via e-mail.
- Must provide an address for correspondence.
- Contain sufficient and concise information to allow us to conduct a search.
- The Council has up to 20 working days to respond fully to the request, subject to clarification or exemption.
- A charge may be requested for providing certain information, applicants shall be notified in writing in advance giving the reasons.
We hope that the Clerk of the Council will be able to help you and give you the information you need in a timely manner. Should you find that the information you receive is not what you want, the first point of contact should again be the Clerk of the Council. If the requested information is unavailable you will be provided with the reasons for this decision. However, if you consider that the Council has not dealt with your request in a fair manner and the matter cannot be resolved informally, you can use the Council's Complaints Procedure.
If the above procedures have been followed and have failed to provide the information or a satisfactory reason for not providing what you want, then you may contact:
What is data protection?
The Data Protection Act 1988 controls the way we store and use your personal information. It also gives you the right to make a request for personal information about yourself, or another person if they have given their consent. This is known as a Data Protection or Subject Access request.
Using, storing and sharing your data
Any personal information you give us is held securely in accordance with the Act. Information that was collected for one purpose may be used for other Council purposes and we may also share information where appropriate with other organisations, unless there are any legal restrictions preventing this.
Protecting the public purse
This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers and to this end may use the information you have provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.
You are legally entitled to request access to your records that are held by us, or to ask us to cease processing your personal data in relation to any Council service. We will seek to comply with your request but there may be some situations where we will not be able to do this in full for example where there is a legal requirement or where information held was given in confidence.
To request access to your records you will need to complete an application form, provide proof of your identity and pay a fee of £10 before your request is processed.