- A legal right for each person to access information held by public bodies;
- A legal right for each person to have official information relating to him/herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading;
- A legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself.
The Act asserts the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals. The Act is designed to allow public access to information held by public bodies which is NOT routinely available through other sources. Access to information under the Act is subject to certain exemptions and involves specific procedures and time limits.
The Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act 2003 introduced a number of amendments notably in relation to fees. Upfront fees now apply to all non -personal FOI requests under Section 7 of the FOI Act (requests for access to records) and applications under Section 14 (Internal Review) and Section 34 (Review by the Information Commissioner).
The Civil Defence Board has produced two reference books in accordance with the requirements of the Act. Its purpose is to facilitate access to official information held by the Board.
The Guide to Functions and Records of the Civil Defence Board - Section 15 Reference Book, outlines the functions performed by the Board, the services provided and how they may be availed of, and the records held by the organisation.
The Guide to Rules and Practices of the Civil Defence Board - Section 16 Reference Book, outlines the regulatory and administrative framework in which the Board operates.
View section 15/16
The Board currently makes information routinely available to the public in relation to its functions, activities and schemes. Such information will continue to be available informally without the need to use the FOI Acts. This reference book highlights where information of this nature is available.
The Strategy Plan to 2007 for the Board is probably the most important source document.
How to Make a Freedom of Information Request
The following records come within the scope of the Act:
- all records relating to personal information held by the Board irrespective of when created;
- all other records created from the commencement of the 1997 Act;
- any other records necessary to the understanding of a current record.