Access to Information Legislation

Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force in January 2005 and sets out the framework under which anyone, anywhere in the world can make a request for information to any UK Public Body.  It also sets out the obligations of those Public Bodies to provide information, allowing for certain exemptions.  

Any person requesting information must:

a. be advised whether the information is held
b. be provided with the information (subject to exemptions)
c. be advised of the authority's complaints procedure   

A vast majority of information is routinely published by Kettering Borough Council as we are committed to the proactive disclosure of information, and is available via this Publication Scheme.  The Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows for individuals or organisations to request information which is not made available as a matter of course.

The Public Body must respond to a request for information within 20 working days.  Kettering Borough Council will not usually make a charge for providing the information, unless the request is excessive or the information is usually available by another means whereby a charge is applicable.

Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act 1998 restricts the way in which personal information may be used and any sensitive personal data will not be released under The Freedom of Information Act 2000.  

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives individuals the right of access to information held about them by the Council.  This type of request is known as a Subject Access Request, which must be made in writing and a charge of £10 is applicable.  The Council must respond to a Subject Access Request within 40 calendar days.

If you wish to make a Subject Access Request, a standard form is available on our website to download, or you may complete an online form

Alternatively please contact our Data Protection Officer on 01536 410333, or email in order to obtain a form.  We require proof of identification before a Subject Access Request is processed.

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Environmental Information Regulations 2004 govern access to information relating to the environment.  Requests can be made verbally or in writing and the Council must reply within 20 working days.  A reasonable charge may be made for the provision of the information.  Please refer to our Fees and Charges Booklet for details, this may be found in the Classes of Information section of this scheme, under Strategies, Policies and Procedures.