Freedom of Information requests

Re-use of public sector information (RPSI)

Public sector information means information that you produce as part of your public task. ‘Public task’ means your core role and functions, as defined in legislation or established through custom and practice. Re-use means using public sector information, for a purpose other than the initial public task it was produced for.

More information is available on Infomation commissioners office website under 'What is re-use of public sector information?'.

Guidance on public task statements is available on National archives website under 'Re-using public sector information'.

About the regulations

You can apply to re-use information that we hold, for a purpose other than that for which it was originally intended. You can apply using the email below but please read the information sheet first, as this explains why the provisions exist and how to use them.

Applying to re-use information

When you have read the information sheet, you can email to apply to re-use information.

Please include:

  1. your first and last name
  2. complete postal address including postcode
  3. contact number
  4. the name of your organisation (if applicable)
  5. if the information you are requesting relates to a specific time period, please include the dates (from - to)
  6. please write the name of the author and the date you requested the information provided under the Freedom of Information act or environmental information regulations

Please tell us any other information necessary for us to locate the information that you are applying to re-use, and tell the Council how you want to re-use the information. The more specific you are about your intended re-use the more efficiently we will be able to process your request. The Council may refuse your request if it is too vague or broad.

Processing your request

We have up to 20 working days to respond after we receive your request. If your request is extensive or complex, we are allowed longer, and we will tell you if that is the case.

What this is all about

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations provide for you to make the request, and these regulations came into effect on 1 July 2005. The regulations are not used to provide the information - that provision is contained in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. However, those pieces of legislation do not automatically give you the right to re-use the information.

Contact Us

Customer Care & Improvement Team
London Borough of Sutton
Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way,
Sutton, SM1 1EA