Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act came into force in January 2005. It gives the public a right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, but also sets out exemptions from that right.
The term "public authority" is defined in the Act and includes all public bodies and Government departments in the UK. The Act is designed to encourage public authorities to be open and accountable.
The FOI Act and York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust
York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust falls within the "public authority" category and as such the general public is entitled to view many of the documents and information held by the Trust as a service. The Act is intended to give access to organisational and operational information, as opposed to personal information.
The Trust provides ready and easy access to many documents and sources of information as part of our website, and via this FOI section of the site gives anyone guidance on how to request other information covered by the Act.
Disclosure of and public access to any information that would be classed as "Personal Data" is dealt with as part of the Data Protection Act.
How to obtain information under the FOI Act
York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust will respond to requests for information in accordance with the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. A copy of the FOI Act and explanatory notes can be found on the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website www.opsi.gov.uk
If you want to make a request for Information under the Freedom of Information Act, please apply in writing to:
Secretary to the York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust
16 South Parade
Tel: 01609 772271
Fax: 01609 772931