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Freedom of Information

Your rights under the Act

The Freedom of Information Act creates a right to access information held by public sector bodies (public authorities) including East Northamptonshire Council.

East Northamptonshire Council can, however, deny access in certain circumstances.

We need not confirm or deny the existence of information or provide all or part of the information requested if:

  • an exemption applies (some examples: personal data, commercial interests, or that the information is already publically available elsewhere); or
  • the request is vexatious or similar to a recent previous request; or
  • the cost of compliance would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ of £450 (18 hours of time).

Some exemptions are ‘qualified’, which means that the council has to consider whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in releasing the information.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should complain first to us in writing to We must then review the way we handled the request and the decisions we made.

If you remain unhappy with the outcome of the review, you can complain to the Information Commissioner's Office at the following address, and they will investigate the case independently, and act on their conclusions. Address: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

If you or we are unhappy with their decision, we can complain to the Information Tribunal. The Information Tribunal decision may not be the ‘final’ decision as either party may take the issue further on a point of law. 

More information

  1. Freedom of Information
  2. Your rights under the Act (you are here)
  3. Our responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act