This training session will help you and your council understand your obligations under the legislation and when dealing with Freedom of Information requests.

The Freedom of Information Act provides the public with greater transparency in the operation of "Public Authorities", which includes all Local (Town and Parish) Councils.

This workshop, led by the Peak District National Park Authority's Information Manager Michele Sarginson, explores FOI and gives practical advice so that attendees can feel confident about complying.

Topics covered include:

- Understanding the difference between FOI and EIR (Environmental Impact Regulations)

- The right of access to information - what's included, what isn't

- Recognising and responding to requests

- Timeframes and charging

- Conditions for refusal

- Appeals process

- Publication scheme