Freedom of Information
With effect from 21 October, 2000, Cheshire Ireland (or the Cheshire Foundation in Ireland Ltd.as we are known legally) came within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act. This means that the organisation became a public body for the purposes of paragraph 1(5) of the First Schedule to the Freedom of Information Act, 1997.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, 1997, the public has legal rights to ask for information and records relating to Cheshire Ireland and our services. Cheshire Ireland is committed to openness, transparency and accountability in the way its services are managed and delivered. As a matter of routine, we aim to provide maximum access to information, subject only to considerations of individual privacy and confidentiality.
Our policy is to encourage and facilitate members of the public (including existing or former service users and staff) and other parties to use their rights under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act. Cheshire staff will act in the spirit of the Act and, in particular, will assist people in making FoI applications.
Our Freedom of Information Officer will be happy to help members of the public with any questions or queries relating to the operation of the Act. The current Freedom of Information Officer is Niall Byrne at Cheshire Central Office.
An Information Guide has been prepared in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, 1997. This guide is intended to help the public (including existing Cheshire service users and staff) in making requests for information. The guide also describes how the public can obtain information without having to make a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act.
- An Information Guide (Published 2000) (.pdf 240kb) (Last Updated: 20/4/2004)
- Freedom of Information Act 1997 (.pdf 29kb) (Last Updated: 5/1/2004)
- What is the Freedom of Information Act 1997 (.pdf 67kb) (Last Updated: 5/1/2004)