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Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act

Updated: 19 Oct 2014
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You have the right to know whether we hold information
Training Housing Executive staff
From January 2005, new information access rights under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) came fully into force.
The FOIA gives you the general right of access to all the policy and administrative information we hold and the EIRs give the right of access to environmental information.
You have:
  • the right to know if the Housing Executive holds the information requested; and
  • the right of access to that information, subject to certain exemptions.
We have produced a guidance leaflet about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which offers advice for anyone wanting to request information under the Act.
Section 19 of the FOIA requires public authorities to produce and maintain a Publication Scheme. This scheme will tell you about the classes of information we publish. It also tells you where you can obtain this information and if there is any charge.
You can complain to the Housing Executive if you are not satisfied with the response to your request for information under the FOIA or the EIRs, including how your request was handled.  Our target time for determining such complaints is 20 working days.
You can also find out about the Data Protection Act in this section. This is an important Act which gives all our customers certain rights to privacy and to access the information that we keep about them.