On 18th July 2015 the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015(SI 2015 No. 1415) (PSI) was introduced to allow people to apply to re-use information held by the council. These regulations amended earlier regulations made in 2005.
Those changes which affect the council:
Re-use means using the information for a purpose other than the purpose for which the document was originally produced.
Examples of public sector information are national and local legislation, statistics, local planning, tourist information, and guidance on local community issues and policies etc.
To comply with PSI legislation Amber Valley Borough Council has a duty to:
The focus of freedom of information is on access to information, whereas the PSI Regulations refer to its re-use.
Receiving information under freedom of information and other information access regimes does not give you an automatic right to re-use the information and you must make a distinct request to re-use it.
The new directive does not provide access to the information itself. That is available through the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Data Protection Act 1998 or other access to information regimes such as the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Reuse means using the information for a purpose other than the purpose for which it was produced. This includes using the information for commercial purposes.
To be valid a request must:
N.B. This applies only if you want to re-use information held by Amber Valley Borough Council otherwise requests for access to information should be handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
An applicant must have obtained the information under any access request before he/she can have an application to make a re-use considered.
A request for access and re-use may be combined.
There is no prescribed form but your request can be made by applying in writing to:
Civic links & FOI officer - Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3BT
Yes. All requests must be responded to within 20 working days unless there are exceptional circumstances. For example where requests are extensive in terms of the number of documents requested, or raise complex issues. If we require more information we will contact you.
If a request is received outside of normal working hours it will be treated as being received the next working day.
Response means one of the following:
No. There are certain regulations that prevent re-use, where:
Yes. We will advise you in writing of the:
Where refusal is due to intellectual property rights being owned by a third party, we will confirm, if we know:
No. We can impose conditions on re-use. These conditions will not unnecessarily restrict the way in which a document can be reused or restrict competition.
We cannot discriminate between two applicants who request the same information, nor can we grant you exclusive rights for re-use of the document unless the arrangement is in the public interest.
If exclusive rights are granted, the document will be reviewed on a 3 year basis and details of the exclusive rights may be published on the council's website.
We may make a charge but we will advise you on receipt of your request.
If charges are applied these will be to cover:
Any requests considered unreasonable will be refused.
Yes, but this must be stipulated in your request and may incur an additional charge. It may not always be possible or practicable for the council to provide the information in your preferred format. The council has no obligation to put material into specific formats or languages and may make documents available as they exist when the request is received.
Enquirers are directed in the first instance to the council's publication scheme.
What happens if I am not happy with how the request has been handled?
You can ask for an internal review to be carried out. This request must be made in writing in accordance with our internal "comments, compliments and complaints" procedure. The council's notice will be in writing, giving reasons for the decision.
You can refer your complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Or by accessing the ICO website and completing an on-line form.
Any complaints referred to ICO must:
Appeals to the ICO must be lodged within 3 months following an internal review.
As with Freedom of Information Act, you can appeal against the ICO’s decision notice (called a ‘recommendation notice’ in the 2015 regulations) to the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights), which is a part of the General Regulatory Chamber (GRC). The First-tier Tribunal will hear the appeal and make a decision on it.
Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) must be lodged 28 days from your date of notification from the ICO. You will need to contact:
First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) Team
Tribunals Operational Support Centre
PO Box 6987,
Leicester LE1 6ZX
Tel: 0845 600 0877
Fax: 0116 249 4253
Contact the team directly on 01773 570222 or email email@example.com