The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) give you the right to ask the council for any information we may hold. However, requests for information we hold about you, or other private individuals, are not covered by these regulations and follow a separate process. For details please visit our Your rights on the information we hold about you page.
If you would like to request information under the FOIA or EIR and are unable to find that information through our Publication Scheme for our previous responses, you can write to us or fill in our online form to request the information. You must make your FOIA request in writing and the quickest way is to fill in our online form using the button below:
The online form is also the easiest way to make an EIR request though these can be accepted verbally if required.
All requests must contain:
- Your name and email or contact address for correspondence
- A description of the information you require
We publish our responses to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), where the information is of wider public interest. This is called a disclosure log and you can search previous responses by using the Answers button below.
Freedom of Information statistics
Below is the number of Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Requests that have been received and sent out within the 20 working day deadline. Figures up to and including the financial year 2022/23 relate to the former Somerset County Council. Figures from 2023/24 onwards will relate to the new unitary Somerset Council.
|Time Period||Number Received||Number in time||Percentage on time|
|April 2022 to March 2023|
|April 2021 to March 2022||993||946||95.27%|
|April 2020 to March 2021||971||837||86.20%|
|April 2019 to March 2020||1187||1026||86.44%|
|April 2018 to March 2019||1340||900||67.16%|
|April 2017 to March 2018||1249||830||66.45%|
|April 2016 to March 2017||1219||772||63.33%|
|April 2015 to March 2016||1192||692||58.05%|
|April 2014 to March 2015||1331||758||56.95%|
|April 2013 to March 2014||1237||763||61.68%|
|April 2012 to March 2013||846||599||70.80%|
|April 2011 to March 2012||934||837||89.61%|