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Freedom of Information

FOI exemptions

The Council may withold some or all of the information requested if it fits the terms of one or more exemptions. Exemptions fall into two catergories: Absolute and Qualified.

Absolute exemptions

We do not have to disclose information that falls within the description of an absolute exemption and will let you know if this applies as soon as possible. Absolute exemptions include:

Qualified exemptions

Some exemptions will only apply if it can be successfully argued that the public interest in withholding the information is greater than the public interest in releasing it. If this isn’t the case, the information will have to be disclosed. These are known as ‘qualified’ exemptions.

Qualified exemptions include:

More information about qualified and absolute exemptions are available from the Ministry of Justice website.


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