Freedom of information

Freedom of Information

 

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 (the Act) gives people the right to request recorded information held by public authorities, including information which is held by the CCG, subject to certain conditions as detailed in the Act.

The aim of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities and to inform people how they carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do, and how they spend public money.

 

Publication Scheme

 

Before making a request under the Act we strongly encourage you to check our Publication Scheme which will direct you to the information that we routinely publish. Please bear in mind that we can refuse a request if the information is readily available via our Publication Scheme.

You may also wish to view the CCG’s Disclosure Log  where anonymised responses to FOI requests are routinely published where these are of a general nature and considered to be of public interest. We have included details of our responses to requests that we are regularly asked here.

 

How do I make a request?

 

All requests must be made in writing, clearly stating your name, an address for correspondence (this can be e-mail or postal address), a description of the information required, and whether there is a preference for the format in which the information is to be supplied.

If you would like to make a request, please contact the FOI Team at foi.ghccg@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk or write to:

FOI Team

NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group

Broad Lea House

Bradley Business Park

Dyson Wood Way

Huddersfield

HD2 1GZ

We will acknowledge your request within three working days and you can expect to receive a response within 20 working days.

If the information is environmental, the CCG will respond according to the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004. You do not need to know whether the information you want is covered by the EIR 2004 or the FOI Act 2000 – when you make a request, we will determine which law applies.

If the information is your own personal data, then you should make a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. For more information in relation to the DPA 1998 and making a Subject Access Request, please e-mail contactus@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk

 

Can I request any information?

 

You may request any information held by or on behalf of the CCG and recorded in any form. You are entitled to the information contained in documents, not to the documents themselves. However, where appropriate and convenient we may choose to provide a copy of the document rather than extracting the information from it.

Please note that the FOI Act does not require public authorities, such as the CCG, to create new information or give an opinion or judgement that is not already recorded.

There may be occasions when we are not able to provide information, for example if the information requested is personal relating to a third party or is commercially sensitive. For a full list of exemptions, please refer to: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guidance-index/freedom-of-information-and-environmental-information-regulations/

 

Your rights

 

All applicants have the right:

• To be informed in writing whether the CCG holds the information; and

• To have that information communicated to them within 20 working days if the CCG hold the information (subject to certain exemptions as set out above).

Any individual or company may make a request, and you do not need to be a UK citizen or living in the UK to do so.

The CCG does not need to know why you are making the request.

If you are dissatisfied with the way your request was handled, you are encouraged in the first instance to contact us to see if we can resolve any issues internally and/or request a formal internal review of the decision.

Under section 50 of the Act, you also have the right to approach the Information Commissioner to formally appeal the CCG’s decision and/or to appeal the handling of an information request.

The Information Commissioner’s Officer can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire,

SK9 5AF

 

Charges for Information

 

The CCG will not charge for fulfilling standard information requests from applicants. However, please be aware that we are able to refuse requests for information if it would take longer than 18 hours or cost £450 to source it.

In these cases, we will offer reasonable advice and assistance on ways in which the applicant could revise or narrow their request to bring it under the limit. For more information about how and why we might refuse a request please see the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

More Information

 

A copy of the CCG’s Freedom of Information and EIR Policy is available to view here.

More information and guidance on making a Freedom of Information request can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.