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Data Protection and Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities, which includes the Council.

Any person who makes a request to the Council for information must be informed whether the Council holds that information and, subject to exemptions, supplied with that information.  Freedom of Information Request Statistics.

Coronavirus Update

Dudley MBC recognises the unprecedented challenges we are all facing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We will continue to aim to comply with our statutory data protection obligations, however resources may have to be diverted away from usual compliance and information governance work resulting in us possibly not meeting our usual standard, or our response to information rights requests may take a little longer to process.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact the Data Protection Officer at Dudley MBC, The Council House, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HF, telephone 0300 555 2345, e-mail

Further information/updates regarding the Coronavirus pandemic

Publication scheme

A Publication Scheme is a guide to the information Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council routinely publishes or intends to publish routinely. It is intended that, by outlining the types of information the Council holds, the scheme will assist the public’s understanding of what the Council does and the services it provides.

This document will also assist the public in formulating requests for information.

View Datasets and Popular Freedom of Information requests

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 any datasets that have been 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.

Datasets and Popular Freedom of Information Requests

Access your personal information records - Rights of Access

Individuals have the right of access to personal information about themselves under the Data Protection Law.

Rights of Access

Re-use of Public Sector Information Statement

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Statement recognises the support and commitment to the requirements of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (RoPSIR) by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

The RoPSIR has been introduced to enable the use of Public Sector information held, to be re-used lawfully outside the public sector arena.

Data Protection and Your Privacy

Find out about how we use information about you, how we look after your information and how we protect protect your privacy.

Corporate Privacy and Disclaimer Statement