Freedom of information

Guidance of how to ask for information held by Barnsley Council.

How to request information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you access to recorded information held by Barnsley Council.

There are two ways of obtaining information:

  • via the council's Publication Scheme
  • by individual direct requests

The Publication Scheme lists information you may be interested in.  View what is currently available on our website.

If the information you want can't be found under the Publication Scheme you can make a direct request for an information search to be done.  Please download, complete and return the council's Application for Information form. This form covers information requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

When we receive your request we will:

  • acknowledge receipt of it within 5 days
  • either confirm it as a valid request, ask for further information, or reject it, but explain why
  • provide you with details of the search within 20 working days of us receiving the valid request

Most requests are free but you might be asked to pay a small amount for photocopies and postage, although we try to avoid this where possible.  If a fee is charged it must be paid before any information is searched for.  You will be told if there is anything to pay.  If you need any advice or assistance in completing and submitting a request please contact the Information Governance Team on 01226 787743 or email

What to do if your request is turned down

Some sensitive information might not be available.  If this is the case we will tell you why we have withheld some, or all, of the information you asked for.

If the cost of searching for the information would exceed £450 we can refuse to process your request.  In this case you can reduce the size of the request or pay for the full cost of the search.

To ask for a further review of the decision contact us at:
Barnsley MBC
Information Governance
PO Box 634
S70 9GG

Following this if you are still not satisfied you can contact the Information Commissioners Office at:
Customer Services Team, Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Useful links:

Information Commissioner's Office freedom of information


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