Freedom of Information

As a public authority, the Office of the Premier is committed to openness, transparency and serving the public interest in compliance with the Freedom of Information Law, 2007.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Law was passed on 19th October 2007 and came into effect in January 2009. It gives the public a right of access to all types of records held by public authorities, but also sets out some exemptions from that right.


Publication Schemes

Each public authority covered by the Freedom of Information Law has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a publication scheme in accordance with s. 5 of the FOI Law. The main purpose of a publication scheme is to make information readily available without the need for specific written requests. Schemes are intended to encourage organisations to publish proactively, and develop a greater culture of openness.

The Law states that Information to be published by public authorities includes:-

  • the functions of the authority, what work it does and how it sets about its tasks
  • the departments and agencies of the authority
  • the subjects handled by each department or authority, with the locations of the departments and agencies and the opening hours of all offices
  • the title and business address of the Principal Officer and other key officers within the authority
  • Classes of records held
  • Manuals, interpretations, rules, guidelines, practices or precedents
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Classes of Information

A Class of Information is a way of collecting together similar types of information. The Office of the Premier has grouped its Classes of Information into broad categories (or functions) which reflect the Office of the Premier's outputs. If you are intending to make a request, the following grouping of information should give you an indication of where the information may be found.

  • Function – Administration
  • Function – Policy development and advice
  • Function – Operational support and advice

Making a Request

We want to help you find the information you are interested in.

If you want to request information from the Office of the Premier, you should initially look at the publications to see if the information you seek has already been published.

If you wish to make a request for information then you should contact the Information Manager.

Requests must be in writing (letter, email or facsimile) and must include your name and an address (either postal or e-mail). Please be as specific as possible about the information you would like, as this will help us to respond promptly. Where possible, please include a contact telephone number so we can call to discuss your request if necessary.

We will respond to your request promptly. The Law requires public authorities to respond within 30 calendar days, allowing an extension of an additional 30 calendar days if needed. We will always acknowledge receipt of FOI requests made to the Information Manager and we will let you know if we need to extend the deadline. For detailed advice on what sorts of information is exempt please email InformationRights@gov.ky.


Fees associated with a Request for Information

There is no application fee and no fee for going to a public authority and looking at a record requested by FOI. However, a requester may be required to pay copying or change of format fees. For details concerning costs and payment contained in the FOI Regulations, email InformationRights@gov.ky.