The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) became operational in January 2005 to promote greater openness of public authorities. The Act provides general access to public authority information helping the public to understand how public authorities carry out their duties, make decisions and spend public money.
The Environmental Information Regulations 2005 (EIR) relates to information, but not exclusive of, elements of the environment, health and safety, emissions and discharges. Any request received that relates to the environment will be dealt with under the EIR. We will advise you if this is the case.
There may be times when information is not released. The FOIA and EIR provides exemptions and exceptions for sensitive information to be withheld. We will explain fully in our response why any information is withheld relating to these exemptions. These exemptions and further guidance about the FOIA and EIR can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.
The FOIA requires Wolverhampton CCG to adopt and maintain a publication scheme which should specify which classes of information it intends to publish. These are:
- Who we are and what we do: Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts
- What we spend and how we spend it: Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit
- What are our priorities and how are we doing: Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews
- How we make decisions: Decision making processed and records of decisions
- Our policies and procedures: Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities
- Lists and Registers: Current maintained list and registers
- The services we offer: Information about the services we offer including leaflets, guidance and newsletters
We shall review our publication schemes at regular intervals, monitoring how it is operating, and add information wherever we can.
Submitting an FOI Request
All FOI requests must be submitted in writing or email to the contact details below. Please ensure that any request submitted includes a correspondence address.
Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group
Wolverhampton Science Park
On receipt of your request a confirmation receipt will be sent within 3 working days. A response will be then be sent to you within 20 working days from the date of receipt of your request. If we are unable to provide you with a response within this time, we will write to explaining why and when we expect to complete this by.
All requests will be processed in accordance with the FOIA or the EIR.
Cost for Information
A charge may be levied if the request will require work in excess of 2.5 days/18hours (£25 per hour up to a total cost of £450) to respond or if your request will incur excessive photocopying and/or postage, and any other additional costs. We will advise you of any costs before releasing the information and will liaise with you regarding alternative methods of providing you with information. Information will not be released to you until payment is received, following receipt of payment the information will be transferred within 3 working days.
What to do if you are unhappy with our response
If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been handled, you can request a review using the CCG’s Freedom of Information Act Internal Review Procedure by writing or emailing our Freedom of Information team using the contact details above
If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request following the CCG’s review, you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Tel: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45