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==Freedom of Information Act 2000==
 
==Freedom of Information Act 2000==
  
Section 9 of the {{ukpga|2000|36}} allows a public authority to charge a fee for releasing information.  The conditions under which this fee can be charged are set by {{uksi|2004|3244}}.
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There are two kinds of fee under the {{ukpga|2000|36}}: fees under section 9 for releasing information that's required to be released, and fees under section 13 for releasing information that would usually be exempt under section 12 (excessive cost).
  
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===Section 9===
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The maximum fee chargeable under section 9 is set by regulation 6 of {{uksi|2004|3244}}.
 
Regulation 6 limits the maximum fee to the total costs the authority expects to incur in relation to:
 
Regulation 6 limits the maximum fee to the total costs the authority expects to incur in relation to:
 
* informing the person making the request whether it holds the information, and
 
* informing the person making the request whether it holds the information, and
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* posting it
 
* posting it
 
but not the costs of staff time (6(4)).
 
but not the costs of staff time (6(4)).
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===Section 13===
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The maximum fee under section 13 is set by regulation 7 of {{uksi|2004|3244}}.  This regulation applies to requests that exceed the costs limit set by section 12, and hence allows the authority to charge not only for the costs covered by section 9, but also for the costs that are covered by the costs limit.

Revision as of 22:20, 25 June 2010

Freedom of Information Act 2000

There are two kinds of fee under the Freedom of Information Act 2000: fees under section 9 for releasing information that's required to be released, and fees under section 13 for releasing information that would usually be exempt under section 12 (excessive cost).

Section 9

The maximum fee chargeable under section 9 is set by regulation 6 of SI 2004/3244. Regulation 6 limits the maximum fee to the total costs the authority expects to incur in relation to:

  • informing the person making the request whether it holds the information, and
  • communicating the information to the person making the request.

including (6(3)):

  • converting the information into the requested form
  • copying it
  • posting it

but not the costs of staff time (6(4)).

Section 13

The maximum fee under section 13 is set by regulation 7 of SI 2004/3244. This regulation applies to requests that exceed the costs limit set by section 12, and hence allows the authority to charge not only for the costs covered by section 9, but also for the costs that are covered by the costs limit.