A decision notice outlines the Information Commissioner’s final assessment as to whether or not a public authority has complied with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, with regard to a specific complaint.
When a Decision Notice is issued both parties are informed of their rights to appeal to the Information Tribunal.
A document that lists information which the University publishes or makes available to the public; it also details how to obtain a copy of the information listed.
It may be necessary for the University to charge a fee for recovering information which has been requested. The calculation of the fee will be included with any Fees Notice issued. The Fees Notice gives details of the estimated cost of the fees: how long the request will be kept open for, while payment is being awaited; makes suggestions about rewording the request so that the information can be provided without incurring a cost and details of how to make an appeal against the Fees Notice.
The Act recognises that it may be necessary to withhold information and provides a number of exemptions from the right to know, it may be necessary for the Public Authority to apply a Public Interest Test.
Public Interest Test
When applying some exemptions to a request for information, it may be necessary for the Public Authority to consider if it is in the Public Interest to disclose that information. The public authority needs to decide if it serves the interests of the public to release the information or withhold it.
It is sometimes easier to ask the question “Is releasing the information in the public interest or just of interest to the public?”
Public interest will favour releasing information in relation to public accountability issues.
The Act states that the Public Authority may refuse to supply information for repeat or vexatious requests. These will include where the applicant has repeatedly asked for similar information over a short period of time, or where the applicant makes it clear that he/she is making the enquiry to cause the Public Authority maximum inconvenience by making the request.
The statement issued in response to a request for information when claiming an exemption. It details the exemption which is being claimed and the reasons behind that decision.