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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. It does this in two ways:

  • public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities; and
  • members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities.

The Act covers any recorded information that is held by a public authority, i.e. the Parish Council. Recorded information includes printed documents, computer files, letters, e-mails, photographs, and sound or video recordings.

Your Rights

Your rights to information under the Freedom of Information Act came into force on 1 January 2005. Subject to certain exemptions, the Council is required: 

  • to let you know in writing whether the Council holds the information you have requested and, if so, to provide that information; and
  • to respond to you within 20 working days.

You might not need to make a formal Freedom of Information (FOI) request to get the information you need. Please search this website and the Council Publication Scheme (below) to see if the information you want is already available. If not, please contact:

Clerk to Tostock Parish Council: Mr Doug Reed 

Second Thoughts, Church Road, Elmswell, Bury St Edmunds IP30 9DY

Tel: 01359 241009/07843850018
E-mail: clerk@tostockpc.org.uk