Bath and North East Somerset Council supports the objectives of increasing openness, accountability and transparency in the public sector.
Since the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act in January 2005, the Council has been committed to a proactive approach regarding access to information.
On the 25th of May 2018, Parliament enacted the Data Protection Act 2018 which is built on the European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
Making a Freedom of Information Request
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives any member of the public the right to access information held by the Council. You can make a FOIA request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by using our online form - please find a link to this page in the 'Links' section.
Making a subject access request
You have the right to make a request to see what information the Council holds about you. This is called a Subject Access Request (SAR). You can make a subject access request by emailing email@example.com or by using our online form - please find a link to this page in the 'Links' section.
You will need to provide evidence of your identity, so we will contact you to facilitate this.
What we hold
The Council is responsible for a wide range of local functions that affect the everyday lives of residents. Information held by the Council is therefore of great relevance and interest to the public.
A list of the information regularly made available by the Council to the public can be found in our Publication Scheme.
Your information rights
There are now numerous pieces of legislation governing your rights of access to information held by the Council. These include but are not limited to:
For further information about the Council’s position on access to information, please contact the Information Compliance Manager on:
01225 477961 for Freedom of Information & Environmental Information Regulation matters; or
01225 396872 for Data Protection & other information compliance matters
There is also guidance available from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)