Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 were introduced to enable public sector information to be re-used lawfully and to encourage its re-use.  

Re-use means: the use by a person of a document held by a public authority for a purpose other than the initial purpose for which the document was produced.

The councils will look at requests for re-use of information, including re-use of datasets, on a case by case basis but aim to permit most requests free of charge and under the terms of the Open Government Licence or Non-Commercial Government Licence.  

How to request to re-use information

Requests should be requested just like freedom of information requests, you will need to.

  • submit the request in writing
  • provide your name and address
  • specify the documents or information you wish to re-use
  • state the purpose for which the document or information is to be re-used

Further information

The Information Commissioner's Office provides more information about the re-use of public sector information.