Freedom of Information - advice
The Freedom of Information Act gives members of the public, businesses and other organisations rights of access to information held by public authorities such as Sunderland City Council.
In this section you can find out what the Freedom of Information Act is, how to request information from us, and look at our Publication Scheme. You can also find out about re-using our information, and the Council's fees policy.
How to Request Information from Sunderland City Council
If you would like to make a Freedom of Information request you can do this in a number of ways:
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Print off and fill in an information request form [23kb]
- Fill in and submit an online form
- You may make a request by letter, as long as you include your name and an address for reply.
It will help us if you mark your correspondence clearly 'Freedom of Information Request' and send it to the address provided in the contact section on the right.
Freedom of Information Review Process
If you are dissatisfied with the way Sunderland City Council has dealt with your request, you may put your comments to us and we will then reconsider our decision through our internal review process. The review will be removed from the service area and co-ordinated by the Council's Information Governance Team.
If you are still dissatisfied with the Council's response please refer to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Additionally you have the option to refer to the Information Commissioner at any time, although he is not required to make a decision until the authority's internal review processes have been exhausted.
Please go to our Data Protection page for details about how to ask for information that is about you as a private individual (a 'Subject Access Request') and for further guidance on the Data Protection Act.
Please go to our Environmental Information page for details about making a request for details about making a request for information about the environment, under these regulations.