Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) gives people a general right of access to information held by public authorities and companies wholly owned by public authorities.

The Act gives the public access to most structured information held by Tower Hamlets Homes. This includes reports, documents, emails, maps, audio  and visual recordings, unless Tower Hamlets Homes deems the information to be exempt in which case a legal exemption will apply.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is regulated by the Information Commissioner  who is the Independent Authority responsible for ensuring compliance with the Act.

Under the Act all Public Authorities including Tower Hamlets Homes needs to adopt a Publication Scheme

 

How to make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request

Information about Tower Hamlets Homes can be found on the Tower Hamlets Homes website or made available through the Publication Scheme.   

If you cannot find the information you are seeking on our Publication Scheme then you can make a Freedom of Information Act request by:

Tower Hamlets Homes
c/o The Information Governance Team
Chief Executive’s Directorate
Town Hall
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 4354
Fax: 020 7364 4804

All requests must be in writing and a valid correspondence email or postal address must be provided. 

As much detail as possible should be given to assist us in identifying the information being sought, though we will be happy to assist you with this. If we need more detail from you to identify the information, we will contact you.

 

Will there be a charge?

If the Company can provide the information you have requested, taking no more than 18 hours of staff time, which is equivalent to a total cost of £450 using the government’s hourly rate of £25 per hour as set out in the regulations, there will be no charge..

The only other charge that might be taken into account is the cost of photocopying and postage (disbursements).

Follow the link for more information on more information on charges or go to the ICO’s page on charges and fees regulations .

 

How will we respond?

We will respond as far as possible in the way you wish us to. This can be by post, email or arranged personal collection, for example.   We will provide you with the information requested within 20 working days where we can, or tell you why we are unable to do so. If for any reason there is likely to be a delay, we will let you know.  The information requested can be provided in a different language or format such as Braille, or in audio cassette, or in large print. 

 

What you can do if you are unhappy about a decision on your request?

Please  contact the Council’s Information Governance Team at the above address. If the officer is unable to help, then you should complain directly to Tower Hamlets Homes through the complaints procedure.

Contact

Corporate Complaints
Chief Executive’s Directorate,
Town Hall
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 4161
E-mail: complaints@towerhamlets.gov.uk