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Datasets & Popular Freedom Of Information Requests

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Where the Council receives a request for information that is, or forms part of a dataset, the Council must release that information in a reusable format. A 'dataset' means information held in electronic form where it has been gathered for the purposes of carrying out Council services or functions and is in its raw format.  Usually this will be in the format of a spreadsheet or similar. 

The Council will publish below any datasets that are released in response to an information request.  The most popular spreadsheets will be updated on a regular basis. 

Information regarding how often the information will be updated will be located within each individual spreadsheet e.g. monthly, half yearly or yearly. 

Please note that information contained within the datasets is only accurate on the date of publication as information is being constantly updated.  

Any information that has been provided to the Local Authority under Section 63A or 63B of the Local Government Act 1998 by the Valuation Office Agency is exempt from disclosure.  The exemption at Section 44(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act applies i.e. Prohibition on disclosure where disclosure is prohibited by or under any enactment. 

The information published is subject to the same screening process as information provided in respect of an information request and therefore personal information has not been included in these datasets.  

Any FOI requests received in relation to these matters received prior to the next planned publication date will be refused using the exemption under Section 22 of the FOI Act as it is information that we hold with the intention of publishing at some future (pre-scheduled) date. The existing information available to you demonstrates that the Council has a process in place to regularly and routinely publish this information.  The Council recognises that at times information outside of this routine publication may be requested and that the Council should be open and transparent in its operations and more up to date information may assist this.  The information is, however, freely available on the Council’s website, and there is a statutory duty and timescale for publication.  In accordance with the publication schedule quality and accuracy of information is checked. To provide information outside of this schedule may impede the process and potentially impact on the quality and accuracy of the material disclosed.  As a consequence, having considered the balance of public interest in favour of both withholding and disclosing information, the Council considers that the arguments in favour of maintaining the exemption outweigh the arguments in favour of disclosing it.

Popular Freedom of Information Requests will be published on this site in any of the  following formats: Word Document Excel/CSV File, PDF, etc.