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Freedom of Information

The Council provides information requested under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. This Act also provides advice and assistance to the public on how to access appropriate information.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act means that members of the public can get access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. This means that all public authorities have to comply with the Act. It also states where information should not be disclosed.

Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information, and subject to exemptions, must be supplied with that information.

Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004


The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 allow information regarding the environment to be disclosed to any applicant. The procedure for applying for the information is similar to that for Freedom of Information, apart from the fact that a request can be made verbally.

FOI Policy and Guidance


The following documents provide further information on Freedom of Information at Dumfries and Galloway Council:

Response Log and Stats


Our Council publishes a log of responses to FOI requests on a monthly basis. Each monthly response log contains the date on which requests were submitted, a summary of the request and the date on which we responded. You can also find out whether the information was disclosed for each response and if any exemptions applied.

You can also pdf icon download a FOI Stats Comparison for 2005-2012 [35kb] which includes figures for:

  • Number of FOI Requests to Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Number of FOI Reviews by Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Number of FOI decisions by Scottish Information Commissioner

Publication Scheme


Councils are also required to produce and maintain a publication scheme which is approved by the Scottish Information Commissioner. The purpose of the scheme is to provide you with details of the range of information that we routinely publish.

The scheme also provides details of how you can access this information, and tells you whether it is available free, or if there is a charge for the information.

Related Information

Contact Details

 

Information Management and Complaints Unit

Dumfries and Galloway Council
118 English Street
Dumfries
DG1 2DE

Tel: 030 33 33 3000
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Data Protection Officer

Dumfries and Galloway Council
118 English Street
Dumfries
DG1 2DE

Tel: 01387 260315
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Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DS

Tel: 01334 464 610
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UK Information Commissioner

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 700
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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street
Dumfries
DG1 2DD

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