We have prepared guidance notes which show how we interpret and apply the Freedom of Information Act.

We hope that they help you to understand our approach when we review decisions by public bodies.

  • Please note that these guidance notes are not legally binding. Each case will depend on its own facts.
  • Please also ensure that you are using an up-to-date version of the guidance notes. We amend them from time to time.

Further information

Do you want more guidance on the Information Commissioner's approach to applying the Freedom of Information Act?

Please see our Decisions

Please see our Sample Questions

Do you have any questions about the Guidance Notes? Please contact us.