Freedom of Information
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From January 2005 the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) has given everyone the right to request information from public sector organisations including local authorities. You can use this legislation to request information from Ashford Borough Council.
Whilst the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) creates a right of access to information held by Ashford Borough Council, it also sets out a number of exemptions where that right of access does not apply or is qualified.
Our charges for providing you with information under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Data Protection Act 1998. Our charges reflect current statutory requirements and guidance.
Ashford Borough Council has made a commitment to allow re-use of its information, wherever it is possible and reasonable to do so. If you would like more information about how to apply to re-use our information, please refer to our FAQs.
The Data Protection Act 1998 governs the way in which personal data is collected, stored, processed and distributed. We need to collect personal information about people we deal with including customers, employees, suppliers and other business contacts in order to carry out council business and provide services.
As a data subject you have the right of access to the personal data held about you by the council. You may obtain copies of your personal data and you have the right to have any inaccuracies erased or corrected.
The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 requires all public authorities to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme. The purpose of the Scheme is to let the public know what information will be automatically or routinely published by the council.
Ashford Borough Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds in order to prevent and detect fraud.