Introduction and Basics
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came fully into effect in January 2005 and it aims to promote transparency and accountability in the public sector. It enables people to access to information they would otherwise not have access to in public funded organisations.
As a public authority, the University of Salford is obliged to meet the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.
The Act makes two provisions:
- that the University of Salford should maintain a list of all the information it makes available as a matter of routine, called the Publication Scheme; and
- that any person making a request for information is entitled to be informed in writing whether the University of Salford holds information of the description specified in the request, and if that is the case, to have that information communicated to them within a specified time limit.