Access to information laws
Main laws for accessing information
The following sections are the various laws that apply to FOI requests. Each section contains more details on process and exemption guidance:
- within 20 working days the authority will normally either send you the information you asked for or will refuse to send it, claiming one or more exemptions that are allowed to them under the laws.
- for refusals, you can ask to the authority to reconsider the way your request was handled.
- if that doesn't work you also have the right to appeal to a tribunal/court.
Main article: access to information laws
The following rules apply to information requests in the UK. Follow the links for more details on process and exemption guidance:
Other laws giving rights to information
These lists are not exhaustive.
- Community Health Councils (Access to Information) Act 1988
- Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960
- Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985
- The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2000 (No. 3272)
- The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2002 (No. 716)
- Coroners' rules 
Rule 5.4 of the Civil Procedure Rules covers with access to court documents in civil proceedings in the county courts, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Under that rule (on payment of the set fee) can inspect and take a copy of: (a) a claim form which has been served, (b) a judgment or order given or made in public, and c) any other document (with the court's gives permission)
- Access to Health Records Act 1990 Access to the health records of deceased people
- Medical Records 1988
- More information & FAQs on access to Medical Information using these acts is available on the Dept of Health's website
The Seven Principles of Public Life
The seven principles include three that are relevant to accessing public sector information: accountability, openness and transparency
- The Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (General Regulatory Chamber) Rules 2009 (No. 1976 (L. 20))