Helping you comply with your responsibilities to information rights in councils and other local authorities. 

Information Governance Survey

The ICO is carrying out an information governance survey of local councils. The purpose is to identify common areas of good practice and possible improvement in the governance of data protection and freedom of information. The survey results will allow us to target our advice and assistance, and support the local government sector in improving their information governance structures and practices.

 Please take ten minutes to complete our survey.

Guidance for local authorities

Guidance for public authorities

Advice for authorities on how you should respond to requests made for local property search information.

Publication schemes

If you work for a public authority, you must produce a publication scheme. This outlines the information you will routinely make available to the public - such as minutes of meetings, annual reports or financial information.

We have provided publication schemes and definition documents in order to help you do this. 

Audits, advisory visits and overview reports

See the latest reports detailing some of the good practice and areas for improvement we have seen in the sector.

Further reading