Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act was passed on 30 November 2000 and fully came into force by 1 January 2005. Its purpose is to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public authorities, by providing the public with rights of access to the information they hold. These rights are not restricted to individuals with a connection to the public authorities or the information. These rights facilitate better understanding of:
|How public authorities carry out their duties||Why they make the decisions they do||How they spend public money|
Universities fall within the definition of public authorities.
The Act establishes certain rights for the public and places responsibilities on Durham University associated with those rights, principally:
Further information on FOI can be found on the Information Commissioner's website.