Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 received Royal Assent on 30th November 2000 and creates new rights of access to information, it supersedes the 'Code of practice on Access to Government Information'. The Act also amends the Data Protection Act 1998 and Public Records Act 1958.
The Act was fully implemented in January 2005 when the right of individual access came into force; this is also in line with the right to individuals to have access to personal data held about them under the Data Protection Act 1998.
One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (which is referred to as FoIA in the rest of this document) is that public authorities should be clear and proactive about the information they will make public. To do this they must produce a publication scheme, setting out:
1) The classes of information which they publish or intend to publish;
2) The manner in which the information will be published; and
3) Whether the information is available free of charge or on payment.
The Fire Authority's publication scheme consists of information already published and held by the Authority or information that is to be published in the future. That means that all information in our publication scheme is either available for you on our website to download and print off or available in traditional document form. Information within the publication scheme will be available either free or at a charge.