Department for Work and Pensions

Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) and people's right to request official information from public authorities

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) gives any person, of any nationality, anywhere in the world the right to request official information from public authorities. This right is subject to certain exemptions.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000.

For the purposes of the Act, the Office for Disability Issues is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Main features of the Act

Implementation

The Act came fully into force on 1 January 2005 for government departments only – and different dates for other public bodies.

Legislation

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Code

Lord Chancellor's Code of Practice on the discharge of public authorities' functions - Section 45 of the Act

Guidance

Detailed guidance on applying exemptions has been produced

Background

The Freedom of Information Act supersedes the non statutory Code of Practice on Access to Government Information 1997.

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Page last reviewed: 01 November 2010

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