If information that people would like is not already published then they can make information requests directly to public authorities. Requests for non-personal information access are often handled under Freedom of Information Act (FOI) or Environmental Information Regulations. The council receives around 1,500 direct requests for information every year.
Any recorded information that is held by the council or information that is held on behalf of the council can be subject to a request. Recorded information includes printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs, and even sound or video recordings.
Nottingham City Council aims to be open and transparent, but there are some circumstances where we will are unable to disclose information. Non-disclosure only happens where there are clear legal grounds for doing so and we will explain our decision within our response.
The council proactively publishes lots of information and if we already publish, or intend to publish in the near future then we will let people know. We also publish responses to our FOI requests in our Disclosure log.
Find out more about how to access information on our website
The School Admissions team receive a high volume of requests for information about school admissions.
The data is now published annually to ensure that the public have easy access to the information that they require around school admissions, without needing to put in a formal request for the information.
The data includes the number of primary and secondary school places offered, whether a school was oversubscribed, the selection criteria used to allocate school places and the number of places on a waiting list all made on National Offer Day. The council also publish school admission appeals data for Nottingham City primary and secondary schools by academic year, catchment areas and a link to the schools database.
Publishing the data has saved the team time and resources responding to individual information requests.
The council are regularly asked for information about Business Rate accounts, including a list of all current non-domestic (business) rates accounts, their rateable value, when the account started and the address.
Prior to publication of the data on Open Data Nottingham, a report had to be run by the Business Rates team every time a request for this data was received. The report would then need to be manually checked by an officer in the FOI team to remove any personal data such as sole trader information, which was time consuming.
This process has now been fully automated and the information is updated on Open Data Nottingham on a monthly basis. This has significantly reduced the work required to answer individual Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.
The Government strategy "Call to End Violence against Women and Girls" (published November 2010) included an action to implement Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004), which put in place the Statutory Requirement to conduct Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs). These reviews need to be made publicly available as it is important that lessons learned are shared. These reviews are published on Open Data Nottingham by Nottingham Crime and Drug Partnership.
The council receives a high volume of Freedom of Information requests about funding of domestic, sexual abuse and violence service funding. By publishing the data, we can ensure we are transparent about how we allocate funds.
A history of Domestic Violence containing supporting information about the development and change of Domestic Violence services in Nottingham going back 40 years is also published on Open Data Nottingham.