Asking to re-use our information
What do I need to do first?
- You should gain access to the information you wish to re-use. If the information is not already published by the Council, you will need to gain access by making a Freedom of Information Request.
- Check to make sure that the information is owned by Wakefield Council. If the information is not owned by Wakefield Council we cannot process your request for re-use. In cases where ownership is unclear, we will offer advice and assistance. See related links for information about Copyright
- Decide the re-use to which the information will be put.
How do I make an application to re-use Council Information?
For a request to be valid, it must:
- Be made in writing (in a legible form)
- State the full name of the applicant and a permanent address for correspondence.
- Specify the document requested for re-use
- State the purpose to which the information will be put.
You can submit a request to re-use information owned by Wakefield Council to the Freedom of Information Team see 'Downloads' for contact details. There is an application form for your use in 'Downloads' but its use is not compulsory and you can make a written request using any format including email. Please ensure you provide us with your name and address so that we are able to respond to your request as quickly as possible and also state how you intend to re-use the information
What will happen to my application?
We will acknowledge your request as soon as we receive it and we will respond in writing with our decision before the end of the twentieth working day beginning on the date of receipt. If extensive or complex requests are received, we may extend the time period for responding by such time as is reasonable in the circumstances.
We will only refuse a request on one or more of the following reasons:
- the activity of supplying the information is one which falls outside our public task. That is to provide administrative information in providing public services and statutory information for legal or regulatory purposes.
- the document contains content in which copyright is owned by a third party;
- the content of the document is exempt from access by virtue of the FOI Act.
Will I be charged?
Depending upon what the information is and how it will be re-used, the Council may charge for allowing its re-use. Any charge will not exceed the sum of the cost of collection, production, reproduction and dissemination of the document which is the subject of the request; and may include a reasonable return on our investment.
What if I’m not happy with the Council’s decision?
If you’re not happy with the decision, please contact the Freedom of Information Team who will further explain the decision. If you are still not happy with the decision, then you may make a formal complaint. This may be done by email to or by sending a letter to the Freedom of Information Team.
A panel will investigate your complaint and notify you of their decision within a reasonable time.
If you are still not happy after following the above procedure you may refer your complaint to The National Archives.