Freedom of Information Act & the HFA


The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act establishes a number of important new legal rights for those seeking access to official information. Everyone has the right:

  • to access official records created after 21 April 1998 which are held by the HFA;
  • to have personal details on official records corrected or updated where such information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and
  • to be given reasons for decisions taken by the HFA that affect them.

FOI gives everyone new legal rights to seek access to official information. Requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act must be made in writing to the HFA.

Normally, the applicant will be notified of the decision on a request within 4 weeks of its receipt. As required by the Act, the HFA has produced an FOI Section 15 Reference Book as a guide to the functions and records of the HFA. It also provides further details on making requests under the Act and how decisions to refuse access to information may be appealed.

However, it should be noted that it is not always necessary to make an FOI request to obtain information from the HFA as a considerable amount of material is already made available through our website.