Freedom of Information requests

Cost limits

As required by the legislation, all requests that require less than 18 hours work or cost less than £450 are free of charge. This is the appropriate cost limit as set out in section 12 of the FOI Act. We don't respond to requests that will cost more than £450.

When estimating whether a request will breach the appropriate limit, we include the time it would take to determine whether or not we hold the requested information and the time it would take to locate, extract and retrieve it. If a request exceeds this amount, we'll provide help to narrow the request in order to avoid breaching the limit. In special circumstances however, and under the guidance of the monitoring officer, requests that exceed £450 in effort may be processed.

Page last updated: 10 May 2023


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