Requests for Official Information - LGOIMA
The Hastings District Council is committed to promoting openness and transparency in all its dealings and makes a large amount of information available through its website.
Hastings District Council
Private Bag 9002
Please be as specific as you can be in making your request; it helps us to find the information quickly for you. Make sure you include your contact details so we can provide you with a response.
How long will it take to process my request?
We will acknowledge your request and you will receive the information within 20 working days. You can use the calculator from the Office of the Ombudsmen to determine when the 20 working days expire.
However, if your request is complex, involves a large amount of research and collation, or requires us to consult with other parties, and we cannot provide you with the information within 20 days, we may extend the time limit. We will let you know if we need to do this.
If the information you want is held by another organisation covered by the Act, we may transfer your request to that agency. If we transfer your request, we will let you know within 10 working days of receiving your request.
You may ask that your request be treated as urgent. If you do, you must give reasons explaining the need for urgency.
We may withhold information for specific reasons. If we do, we will explain the reasons.
The specific reasons enabling us to withhold information are set out in sections 6 and 7 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act. The most common reasons to withhold information are to:
- protect people’s privacy
- maintain legal privilege
- enable the Council to carry on its commercial activities.
What will it cost?
Generally, there will be no charge for your request. Occasionally, however, if a request is for a significant amount of information or requires substantial collation and research, or we have received a large number of requests from the same person in a short time frame which taken together require a large amount of staff resource to respond to, we may consider imposing a charge.
If we are going to charge you, we will advise you of the maximum estimated cost of processing your request before we begin working on it. You will be asked to pay all of this cost in advance. You can then decide if you want to continue, withdraw or refine your request.
Review of decisions
If you are unhappy with a decision to withhold information, to charge a fee, to extend the timeframe on a request, or if you have concerns about how we have dealt with your request, you are able to have the decision reviewed by the Office of the Ombudsmen.
Need more information?
If you have any questions regarding official information requests, please email Hastings District Council.
Related links to further Information
- Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act
- Office of the Ombudsmen
- Office of the Privacy Commissioner