How to Apply for FOI
Do I need to use FOI for all government documents?There are other options to using FOI. Many agencies have policies about the availability of commonly requested information. It is worth contacting the agency concerned beforehand to find out if you can access the information you want without making an FOI application. Documents that you might be able to obtain without an FOI application include those containing:
- Your own personal information, such as personnel records.
- Information which is available publicly, such as on a public register.
- Information which is available for purchase (eg criminal record check).