Freedom of Information

Being able to access information held by public authorities is an important right in an open society.

Freedom of information makes our authorities more accountable in delivering public services, and stimulates public debate on issues that are important to everyone. Above all, it helps create an atmosphere of transparency in politics and society as a whole.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act gives a structure to the way information is accessed and disclosed in the public domain.

This elearning module gives you a greater understanding of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and explains how this legislation functions.

When you finish the course, you'll be asked to demonstrate your understanding by completing a short assessment.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Recognise when and where the main provisions of the Freedom of Information Act apply
  • Understand the types of information that will be shared in an organisation's publication scheme
  • Make or handle requests for information in an appropriate way
  • Understand the rights of individuals under the Act and the consequences of not complying with the legislation

Once you've had a taste of FOI e-learning, why not book onto our FOI course to see how FOI is relevant to you and your council.

E-learning is not intended to replace our virtual/physical classroom training.

All council employees and councillors are welcome to access the e-learning.


  • The email address of the delegate must be unique to the delegate; it cannot be shared or the clerk's email address.
  • Log in details MUST NOT be shared; anyone found abusing this rule will be removed from the e-learning platform permanently.

Cost (per delegate)
£25 +VAT Members
£50+VAT Non Members

How to enrol
Use the form below to enrol onto this course. 

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