The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (PSI), allow people to apply to re-use information held by the public sector. The Council is under an automatic obligation to allow re-use of its public sector information, in accordance with the Regulations unless it is otherwise restricted or excluded. Re-use means use of the public sector information for a purpose other than that for which the document was originally produced, held or disseminated.
Examples of public sector information are: national and local legislation; statistics; local planning; tourist information, and guidance on local community issues and policies etc.
It is important to remember that the legislation does not provide access to the information itself. That is available through the Freedom of Information Act 2000; the Data Protection Act 1998, or other access to information regimes such as the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Likewise, receiving information under Freedom of Information and other information access regimes does not provide an automatic right for individuals to re-use the information. Applicants must make a distinct request to re-use it.
How can I make a request to re-use information?
To ask to re-use of information you must:
- Ask us in writing (this can include email)
- Tell us your name and address
- Tell us the document you want to re-use
- Tell us why you want to re-use the document
An applicant must have got the information under any access request (e.g. under Freedom of Information) before s/he can have an application to make a re-use considered.
A request for access and re-use may be combined.
Make a re-use of information request
What happens next
We will write to you within 20 working days with a response, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example, where requests are extensive in terms of the number of documents requested, or where they raise complex issues. If we require more information or if your request will take longer than 20 days to action, we will contact you.
A response means one of the following:
- Refusing the request
- Making the requested document available for re-use
- Where conditions are attached to re-use, finalising the offer to you of the conditions on which re-use will be permitted
If you are not happy with our response or how we dealt with your request you can make a complaint.
Make a complaint.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint you can refer your complaint to The National Archives Opens in a new window