Decision details

Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection Act Policies

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To replace the current policies dated 2004 to ensure that the Council’s policies reflect the current legislation relating to Freedom of Information and Data Protection.


That the revised Freedom of Information Policy and Data Protection Policy be approved.

Reasons for the decision:

The revised policies will promote openness, transparency and accountability throughout the Council.  The current policies are out dated and are in need of an update.

Alternative options considered:

  1. Do nothing – if the Council did not update its policies then this could lead to a breach of legislation to which the Council would be potentially liable.


  1. Approve the revised policies – revised policies would ensure that the Council was compliant with both Acts and any recent changes to legislation and guidance.

Report author: Susan Allen

Publication date: 03/07/2014

Date of decision: 01/07/2014

Decided at meeting: 01/07/2014 - Cabinet

Effective from: 11/07/2014

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