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What is freedom of information (FOI)?

The Freedom of Information Act came fully into force on 1 January 2005. It means that all public authorities:

  • must make as much information available as possible through their Publication Schemes
  • must respond to requests for information within 20 working days.

Who do I contact to make a freedom of information (FOI) request?

Any request must be in writing (email or letter) and should be sent to the Freedom of Information Officer at County Hall, Lewes. You can use this link to find the relevant contact details and more information on what information can be requested and how.

Will I be charged for making a freedom of Information (FOI) request?

Most requests are free of charge, but in some cases there will be a fee. For more information, please visit East Sussex County Council’s website.