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Freedom of Information

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  • Make a Request

    Under the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency we are required to regularly publish certain data. 

  • You may find it useful to check our Open Data page, Publication Scheme or Disclosure Log before you submit a Freedom of Information request as the information may already be published.

  • Eastbourne Borough Council is not responsible for Schools, Adult or Children's Social Services or Highways (including potholes and damaged pavements) in the borough.

  • East Sussex County Council is the responsible authority.  They can be contacted at


  • Exemptions

About FOI

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.  

Council’s duties

  • 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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