The Council aims to provide all the information requested where possible; however, the regulations do detail some exemptions from disclosure.
All the exemptions listed in the regulations are subject to the Public Interest Test.
Exemptions would apply if release of the information that has been requested would be likely to negatively affect:
- Defence, international relations or public safety
- The course of justice or confidentiality of proceedings
- Commercial confidentiality
- The protection of the environment
- The confidentially of local government proceedings where confidentiality is protected by law
- Intellectual property rights
- The interests of the supplier of the information
Release would also be refused if:
- The information is not held
- The request is considered “manifestly unreasonable’
- The information is “unfinished or in the course of being completed”
If an exemption applies to your request the Council will inform you of its decision within the specified response time, stating the relevant exemptions used and detailing the outcome of the Public Interest Test.