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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to request information held by all UK public bodies, including Wiltshire council.

The Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations give you the right to request recorded information held by Wiltshire council. Recorded information includes printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs, and sound or video recordings.

The General Data Protection Regulation gives you the right to access your personal data; personal data is information about you.  For further information about personal information see our data protection pages.

Publication Scheme

This is a guide to the information that we publish as a matter of routine. The scheme is intended to make sure that a wide range of information is easily available without the need to make specific requests for information.

This category includes information on our organisational structure, locations and contacts such as:

The Council Constitution

The Council Democratic structure

Our organisational chart

The locations and opening times of our buildings

Our contact details

Information about elected councillors including their contact details

The most recent election results

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This category includes financial information about income and expenditure, contracts and financial audit, such as:

How council tax is spent

Elected members allowances scheme

Staff allowances and expenses, pay and grading structure

Expenditure of £250 and above

Contracts and tenders

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This category includes information about our strategies, plans and performance contained in;

Our Annual report and our budget

More resources will be published here when they become available.

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This category includes information on our decision making process and records of decisions.

Information on council meetings, including agenda's, minutes, and background papers.

Major policy proposals and decisions.

Public consultations

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This category includes information about the services the council provides.

A list of our Services can be found on the home page of our web site

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Local Authorities are required to prepare a budget statement by the 31st March each year for the following financial year and an outrrun statement after the end of that financial year. Details of budget and outrun statements

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A list of all FoI and EIR requests processed in the past two years.

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A list of FAQ's, together with our responses.  The list is regularly updated to include current 'hot topics'

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Local Government Transparency Code 2015

The Transparency Code was issued to meet the Government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.

The Code sets out what information must be published by local authorities and the frequency at which that information is to be made available. Published information.

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Requests for information

Details of how you can request information using FoI or EIR, including what we will do with the information you give us.

FOI/EIR Request statistics

Public authorities are encouraged to publish statistics on their performance on handling requests under the legislation; we publish these figures quarterly. The previous 2 calendar years and the first three quarters of 2018 figures are below.  Fourth quarter 2018 figures will be published in late January 2019.

2016 Number of requests received % of responses within 20 working days Number of requests where information was granted Number of requests where information was refused Number of internal reviews
January 127 96% 112 12 5
February 141 98% 136 30 0
March 144 90% 121 28 4
April 119 89% 107 28 3
May 119 88% 110 23 2
June 111 87% 94 20 0
July 125 82% 92 22 4
August 130 81% 104 10 2
September 119 82% 79 17 2
October 134 81% 103 13 2
November 148 95% 106 21 3
December 110 90% 85 20 4
Total 1527 89% 1249 244 32
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2017 Number of requests received % of responses within 20 working days Number of requests where information was granted Number of requests where information was refused Number of internal reviews
January 146 90% 120 17 2
February 131 95% 109 22 3
March 144 94% 108 28 2
April 94 97% 68 17 1
May 128 93% 97 29 3
June 108 94% 88 12 1
July 132 100% 104 24 1
August 151 93% 109 29 1
September 130 97% 102 22 1
October 126 98% 116 27 0
November 130 98% 111 21 3
December 92 98% 84 13 2
Total 1512 95% 1216 261 21
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2018 Number of requests received % of responses within 20 working days Number of requests where information was granted Number of requests where information was refused Number of internal reviews
January 132 100% 97 30 2
February 138 95% 107 29 2
March 144 97% 100 31 3
April 155 99% 117 43 0
May 161 95% 120 33 5
June 148 99% 126 26 0
July  165  98%  119 19  1
August  153  98%  108 10  5
September  143  98%  95 20  3
October          
November          
December          
Total 1339 98% 989 241 21
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Last updated: 3 December 2018 | Last reviewed: 3 December 2018