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Freedom of Information Act 2000: An A-Z Guide

This interactive workshop is aimed at people working in public authorities who have some responsibility for the day-to-day handling of Freedom of Information Act requests.

It provides an overview of the main parts of the Act and in particular focusses on how to handle requests in a timely and effective manner that meets the requirements of the Act. The workshop also introduces the different types of exemptions which may be used to withhold information. The day is aimed at beginners or people who wish to refresh their basic knowledge.

The expert tutor brings the workshop to life with real life examples, practical scenarios and interactive exercises.

Key Topics

  • Freedom of Information Act background and purpose
  • Publication Schemes
  • Identifying and clarifying valid requests
  • Handling request, advising, and assisting and time scales
  • Refusals based on cost
  • Vexatious and repeated requests
  • The Part 2 exemptions
  • Refusal Notices
  • Complaints and ICO enforcement

Dates & Cost

Online

£389 plus VAT

Classroom

£2,450 plus VAT

Timings: 10am to 4pm

Course tutors

All our associates are experienced information governance professionals who have been training and advising in this field for many years.

  • Philip Jones

    Course Tutor


    Philip has 40 years of information management experience in the public and private sectors both as a practitioner and at a senior management level. He was Head of Information Governance at Staffordshire Council. Philip holds a masters degree in information management and an MBA. He is a senior associate for Act Now and Chair of the Exam Panel.

  • Scott Sammons

    Course Tutor


    Scott is an information governance specialist with over 15 years of experience. He has delivered a number international projects for Act Now Training and is a senior tutor on the Advanced Certificate in GDPR Practice. His previous roles include European Data Protection Lead for a bank and GDPR Implementation lead for a council. He is a former Chair of the IRMS.

  • Susan Wolf

    Course Tutor


    Susan holds a judicial position as a Fee Paid Member of the Upper Tribunal (Information Rights). She spent ten years teaching the LLM in Information Rights Law at Northumbria University and developed their Postgraduate Certificate in Data Protection Law and Information Governance. Susan is one of the senior curriculum developers for Act Now Training.

  • Lynn Wyeth

    Course Tutor


    Lynn is the Head of Information Governance for a large local authority and has over 20 years of experience as a practitioner. She holds a post graduate diploma in Information Rights, the CISMP certificate and is an accredited HSCIPP privacy practitioner. She is the author of two books and is currently undertaking a PhD. Her experience is across GDPR, FOI and RIPA.

  • Iain Harrison

    Course Tutor


    Iain is currently an Information Governance Risk Manager for a large local authority and has over 20 years of experience. He has been delivering training for Act Now for over 7 years in GDPR and FOI for public, private and charitable organisations. His extensive experience in planning and implementation of Information Rights legislation allows him to bring training sessions to life.

  • Kirsty Squires

    Course Tutor


    Kirsty is currently a DPO for a number of local authorities and has over 15 years of experience in Data Governance. She has led the IG Project Team on transformation projects to deliver local government restructure in Northamptonshire, dealing with issues including information sharing, data protection by design and leading on training and policy development.

  • Naomi Matthews

    Course Tutor


    Naomi is a local authority lawyer and holds a judicial position as a Fee Paid Member of the Upper Tribunal (Information Rights). She has extensive experience in all areas of information compliance and RIPA. Her training has been commended by RIPA inspectors and her advice has helped many local authorities understand the law and practicalities of covert surveillance.

  • Kate Grimley Evans

    Course Tutor


    Kate is an information lawyer and holds a judicial position as a Fee Paid Member of the Upper Tribunal (Information Rights). She has worked for a number of top law firms and is the author of the leading guidance on information law matters for the museums’ sector. Kate is currently writing a chapter (on schools) for an Oxford University Press book on data protection.

What our clients say about us

    Interpretation of exemptions into plain english was good. LG, SFRS

    Course Documentation - Indepth and well presented. The interactive nature of the course has also been helpful as it allows questions to be asked about requests currently dealing with. EP, Nottingham Trent University

    I found this course to be highly informative and interesting - it will definitely assist and support my job role and work with FOI processes and requests. SK, Charity Commission for NI

    The speakers experience allowed for him to provide many examples which broke down and explained what can often be quite complicated issues. EB, FSA

    Concise overview of the FOI Act with just the right balance of information. Enabled me to feel confident in responding to requests and applying exemptions where appropriate. Useful course materials and experienced trainer - time very well spent! LS, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust