The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) was passed on 30 November 2000 and was brought fully into force, across the public sector, on 1 January 2005.
The FOIA is enforced by the Information Commissioner, who oversees both Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislation. The Act covers public authorities which have been defined in the Act and include Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and now FX Plus as a publicly-owned company.
The FOIA creates rights of public access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that general right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. The aim of the FOIA is to promote greater openness and accountability across the public sector. It achieves this by giving public authorities two main responsibilities under the Act:
Your rights under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, individuals already have the right to access information about themselves, held on computer, and in some paper files. Such requests for information are known as a subject access request. For FX Plus and other public authorities, the FOIA extends these rights to allow access to all the types of information we hold, whether personal or non-personal.
Under the right of access provisions of the FOIA 2000:
A request must be in writing (which includes email or fax) and must include a name and address to which a response can be sent, in addition:
- the request does not have to mention the Freedom of Information Act 2000
- the request can be made to any part of the public authority
- the authority must reply within 20 working days
- the authority has a duty to provide assistance to the applicant
- the authority may charge a fee for providing the information.
Our publication scheme
The FOIA requires that FX Plus, as a public authority, adopts and maintains a publication scheme. A publication scheme is a guide to the information which FX Plus has committed itself to publishing. The purpose of doing this is to make a significant amount of information available proactively, without the need to respond to specific requests.
You can view our publication scheme by following this link: www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/freedom_of_information/guide/publication_scheme
The full text of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be viewed by following this link:
FX Plus has adopted the Model Publication Scheme published by the Information Commissioner's Office (www.ico.org.uk). The following information will help you to locate information from FX Plus and help to ensure that your request is dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If the information you want to request is about you as an individual, this is covered by the Data Protection Act. If the information is not about yourself, check the About Us section of our website which contains links to the classes of information we routinely publish.
Please note that the classes of information we routinely publish will not generally include the following, although this information can still be requested under the FOIA, but we won’t be routinely publishing it:
- Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or exempt under the FOIA, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure
- Information in draft form
- Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is difficult to access for similar reasons.
Classes of information within our Model Publication Scheme:
1. Who we are and what we do
Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.
2. What we spend and how we spend it
Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.
3. What our priorities are and how we are doing
Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.
4. How we make decisions
Decision making processes and records of decisions.
5. Our policies and procedures
Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities.
6. Lists and Registers
Any information we are currently required to hold by law in publicly available registers.
7. The services we offer
Information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters.
The scheme sets out all the information that FX Plus makes routinely available. If the information you require is in our scheme, you can contact us to find out how to obtain it using the details provided below. You will also find a range of helpful information on our website. Please utilise the search facility to locate relevant information.
If the information you require is not listed in our Model Publication Scheme or on our website please contact us in writing. To help us manage your request please ensure that you include a description of the information you require and an address to which we can send the information.
More information on Datasets can be found within the Information Commissioner’s guidance on Datasets which can be viewed by following this link: http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/guidance_index/~/media/documents/library/Freedom_of_Information/Detailed_specialist_guides/datasets-foi-guidance.pdf.
Full details on our Model Publication Scheme can be viewed by following this link: www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/freedom_of_information/guide/publication_scheme.
Please follow this link to view the About Us section of our website: www.fxplus.ac.uk/about-us where you will find lots of helpful information about FX Plus.
You may also wish to refer to our Freedom of Information Act Charging Policy and Complaints Procedure at the bottom of this webpage.
To help us to respond as quickly as possible please send your request to:
Tony Sanders, Managing Director,
Falmouth Exeter Plus
Direct Line: 01326 255521
Further information regarding data protection information for Students may be found here:
University of Exeter: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/dataprotection/students/
Falmouth University: http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/data-protection