Freedom of Information legislation came into force on 1 January 2005. It provides members of the public with a right of access to information held by public authorities to:
support openness and transparency across the public sector
provide them with a greater understanding of how public money is spent
help them understand how decisions are taken which affect the services provided to them
Data protection laws give data subjects (“natural living persons”) a suite of rights to confirm processing, the nature of that processing, and to potentially alter or halt processing.
This policy applies to all of our staff, whether permanent, temporary, locum or contractor staff. Others who may come into contact with personal data but are not actually employed by us, for example, partner organisations and voluntary staff, have a contractual obligation to follow the requirements of confidentiality that any member of staff is expected to follow.
Read our full Information rights, Freedom of Information and DPA policy.