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Freedom of Information


Individuals already have the right of access to information about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998. As far as public authorities are concerned, the Freedom of Information Act will extend this right to allow public access to all types of information held.

The Freedom of Information Act gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

Anyone who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information and, subject to exemptions, supplied with that information.

Every public authority will be required to adopt and maintain a publication scheme setting out the classes of information it holds, the manner in which it intends to publish the information, and whether a charge will be made for the information.

The purpose of a scheme is to ensure a significant amount of information is available, without the need for a specific request. Schemes are intended to encourage organisations to publish more information pro-actively and to develop a greater culture of openness.


How to make a Freedom of Information request

If you have a Freedom of Information question, you can email your request to

These external websites provide further information:

Published data sets

The data on this page is published under the Non-Commercial Government Licence and is available for you to reuse for non-commercial purposes, research activities, private study, internal circulation within your organisation or for the purposes of news reporting. This is however subject to the information contained within the documents being used accurately and not in a misleading context. You should also identify Swale Borough Council as the source of the information.

Data sets

Below is a list of datasets that Swale Borough Council has opened up to allow developers and website owners to access data held by the council. More data sets will be added over time. Data is licensed under the Open Government Licence unless otherwise stated below.

Terms of Use

Data published here is open to use; you do not have to apply or ask for permission, but you do have to adhere to the terms of the Open Government Licence or equivalent terms.

UK Open Government License

The UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF) provides a policy and legal overview of the arrangements for licensing the use and re-use of public sector information, both in central government and the wider public sector. It sets out best practice, standardises the licensing principles for government information, and recommends the Open Government Licence (OGL) as the default licence for public sector information. The OGL is an implied licence. By using information made available under the licence you indicate that you have accepted its terms and conditions. There is no need to register or formally apply for a licence.

In addition, the Open Government Licence is intended to be interoperable with the Creative Commons and Open Data Commons Attribution licences that are recognised by the information community and used internationally.

You must use the following attribution statement to acknowledge the source of the information: Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0.

Publication Scheme

Find out about the 'Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Publication Scheme'.
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