Freedom of Information
BSC is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and complies with information governance guidelines.
The Freedom on Information Act (FOIA) came into force during 2005. The Act applies to all public authorities with the aim to make information available to any person (individual, company or any other body) on request. A request must be made in writing (including email). There are a number of exemptions that maybe applied to withhold information that should not be disclosed. The FOIA is retrospective and therefore includes information that is held by a public authority prior to 2005.
Read our published Freedom Of Information requests
The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) were also implemented during 2005. Unlike the FOIA, an EIR request can be made verbally or in writing. There are exemptions that can be invoked to withhold the releasing of sensitive data.
Under the Freedom of Information Act any person may make a request for information and must be treated applicant and motive blind. The organisation has up to 20 working days to respond to the request.
Main Features of the Act
- A general right of access from 1 January 2005 (subject to certain conditions and exemptions) to all information held in recorded form
- To inform the applicant if the information is held
- To adopt a Publication Scheme (at the bottom of this page - under construction)
How to request information under the Freedom of Information Act:
First, check to see if the information you require is available under our CCG Publication Scheme (see below). If the information you are looking for is not available in our Publication Scheme, please contact us to make a Freedom of Information request.
Public information about BSC can often be accessed from the website, free of charge. If you do not have internet access, then paper copies can be provided; £10 is payable for providing a paper copy of information that is available on BSC’s website.
Information that is not on the web-site may be available, by request. A charge of £10 (or £50 for access to medical records) is normally made for each request. If the time taken to retrieve the information would be more than eighteen hours, BSC is not obliged to provide it, but may be willing to undertake the work, or part of it, for an agreed payment.
To make a request by post:
Freedom of Information Team
Birmingham South Central CCG
142 Hagley Road
To make a request by email:
Model Publication Scheme
The ICO model publication scheme advises public authorities like ours to adopt a model publication scheme rather than creating their own 'bespoke' publication scheme. The 'Who we are' section of our website aligns to the model publication scheme. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact us.