The Council and democracy Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) gives any individual or organisation the right to request information from public sector organisations.  You can use the FoIA to request information from Manchester City Council.  

This right of access applies to recorded information held by public authorities.   The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) also provides access to information which falls within scope of environmental information.

Any person making a written request for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information and be supplied with the information. This right is limited only by the procedural conditions and exemptions as set out in legislation. 

If you wish to access personal information about yourself, you can make a subject access request under data protection legislation. Find out how to make a subject access request 

Our Publication Scheme 

We already make a great deal of information available, by publishing it or allowing people to inspect it. 

Our Publication Scheme provides a guide to the current information we routinely publish, or intend to publish. It aims to help you understand what information is already available, how to find/access it and whether or not a charge applies. 

Read about our Publication Scheme, if the information you want is not there you can ask us for it. 

Find out how to make an FOI request

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