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The Freedom of Information Act is an Act of Parliament which was passed in 2000.
It was created with the specific aims of:
Promoting a culture of openness and accountability amongst public authorities by providing people with rights of access to the information held by them.
Facilitating better public understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do and how they spend public money.
All public authorities are required to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000
This legislation gives the general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions to that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities to provide information to the general public.
Every public authority is required to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme setting out the information it holds and those publications available to the public.
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