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Requests for information

Access Council Information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 entitles you to ask us for any recorded information (non-personal) that the Council holds.

How can I apply for information?

Requests for information:

  • must be in writing
  • there must be a name and address to send our response. This can be an e-mail address but if you require paper copies we will need a postal address.
  • no need to mention the Freedom of Information Act 2000, but may help your request to be dealt with correctly
  • you do not need to say why you want the information but you will need to provide details about what is being requested. This should be as clear as possible to help us locate the information you require.

The easiest way to make an application is to send an email to foi@warrington.gov.uk.

Alternatively, you can send the request in the post to:

Warrington Borough Council
EIR/FOI Requests
Contact Warrington
26-30 Horsemarket Street
Warrington
WA1 1XL

You will receive an acknowledgement for your request, and you will receive a response within 20 working days under the terms of the FOIA 2000.  The Council may need to clarify the information you require.

Our Publication Scheme includes Council information that is routinely published. Information that is published as part of our Publication Scheme may be subject to copyright so if you wish to make multiple copies or publish it in any way you will need to let us know. You can do this via: foi@warrington.gov.uk

What information can I request?

You can request information relating to (list is not exhaustive):

  • IT Contracts and Software
  • Expenditure
  • Business Rates (if not already part of our publication scheme)

What if I want Environmental Information?

Please see the Access Environmental Information page

What if I’m not happy with the Council’s response? 

If you are unhappy with the FOI response that the Council has provided, you can write to: foi@warrington.gov.uk

Your request will then be reviewed by a senior officer (known as an internal review) who will not have dealt with your original request. The Council will respond to your request for an internal review as soon as possible.

If the complaint is not upheld and you are still not satisfied, you can approach the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and request that they review the Council's decision. The ICO will not normally review a complaint under FOI until our internal complaints procedure has been exhausted.

Their contact details are as follows:

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

Telephone: 0303 123 1113 (Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm)

Email: enquiries@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Visit the Information Commissioners Website