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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) was passed on 30 November 2000. The Act gives a general right of access to all types of 'recorded' information held by the trust. It sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on the trust. The Act came into force in January 2005.

People already have the right to access information held about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998. This is known as 'subject access' request. The FOIA extends these rights to allow people to request access to non-personal information held by the trust. However the trust will not be required to release information to which an exemption applies, i.e. information may not be released if it would prejudice national security or law enforcement. The Act gives applicants two related rights:
  • The right to be told whether the information exists
  • The right to receive the information

The Act places a duty on the Trust to adopt and maintain a publication scheme approved by the Information Commissioner. The scheme sets out the type of information the Trust publishes, the form of information published, and explains any charges that may apply.

If you would like to know more or wish to make a request for information, please contact the Project Manager, at:

Address:    Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust , Sceptre Point, Sceptre Way, Walton Summit, Preston, PR5 6AW

Telephone: 01772 695300

Email:        FOIRequests@lancashirecare.nhs.uk

Click below to access the Information request form

Information Request Form

For further information on the Freedom of Information Act, please see the FOI Leaflet

Freedom of Information - Stats & Most Common Requests

  • Jan 2011- Dec 2011 – handled 145 requests and all received responses within 20 working days
    • Most requested topics – Board Papers, IT structure information, IT budget and spending, Staff agency spends including medics, nursing, AHP’s, Finance structure, Formulary information and Trust spending
  • Jan 2012- Dec 2012 – handled 157 requests and all received responses within 20 working days
    • Most requested topics – Agency spends, Board Papers, Car Park charges, Children’s Services information, Various Contract information, IM&T structure, budget and spending inc telephony, Interpreting services, LCFT Estates Information e.g. waste disposal and property information

Freedom of Information - Publication scheme

The Publication Scheme is divided into 7 high level classes of information.

Contents of the Publication Scheme

  1. Who we are and what we do
  2. What we spend and how we spend it
  3. What are our priorities and how are we doing
  4. How we make decisions
  5. Our policies and procedures
  6. Lists and registers
  7. The services we offer

For guidance on how Caldicott principles relate to trust information policy and procedure please click below

Caldicott Guidance