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Requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act allows you to request access to other information that the council holds.

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) provide the same right for 'environmental information'.

Before making your request for information please check whether the information you are looking for is already available:

  • check our Frequently Requested Information (some types of information are not held by us, but by the city and district councils, including information on bin collections, council tax, licensing, pest control, leisure centres, public health funerals, cremation and burial, and business/commercial rates)
  • search the Freedom of Information requests and responses information (we publish many of the FOI responses we provide, including responses to frequently received requests such as those relating to social worker vacancies, council contracts, and street lighting)
  • search for school details (if your query relates to a specific school then please note that schools are also public authorities in their own right for the purposes of FOI and so information specifically about schools may be held by them rather than the County Council)
  • if your query is relating to children’s social care, then it may be worth checking to see what information is already published by the Department for Education on children in need and child protection and looked-after children
  • search this website

Publication Scheme

The Publication Scheme is an extensive list of all of the types of information that is available to the public as a matter of course. It shows:

  • the information which the council publish or intend to publish
  • the format the information is available in (eg in hard copy)
  • whether there is a charge for that information

The scheme describes each type or class of information, the documents themselves and where they can be obtained. For more information please check the publication scheme guide (pdf, 108Kb).

Hard copies of the Publication Scheme are available at the council's libraries or by contacting foi@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Submitting a FOI request

You can submit a request for information by using the online form below.

Submit a Freedom of Information request

Is there a cost for requesting information?

You can find details of any costs when requesting data under the FOI, EIR or data protection in the access to information charging policy (pdf, 37Kb).

Frequently requested information

Cambridgeshire County Council receives many Freedom of Information requests for information which is not held by the council.

The list below shows the topics which the county council does not hold information for, and which should be requested directly to the relevant city or district council listed below.

  • Bin collections
  • Council tax
  • Licensing
  • Pest control
  • Leisure centres
  • Public health funerals
  • Cremation and burial
  • Business/commercial rates

City and district councils FOI request details

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