Freedom of Information

Freedom of information 

PSAA is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in so far as they relate to the statutory functions delegated to it under the transitional arrangements made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Under these arrangements, PSAA is required to comply with requests for information unless a defined exemption applies. However, appointed auditors exercise separate statutory powers to PSAA and are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. PSAA’s obligations to comply with the Freedom of Information Act relate only to the functions delegated to it that were previously exercised by the Audit Commission, and will apply as long as the Audit Commission is listed in Schedule 1 of the Act. Legislation removing the Audit Commission from Schedule 1 will come into effect on 1 April 2018. PSAA’s responsibilities in relation to its specification as an appointing person are not subject to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.

Requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act must be made in writing. Please send your request to the following address:

PSAA Limited
3rd floor
Local Government House
Smith Square
London
SW1P 3HZ

Or by email to: generalenquiries@psaa.co.uk. Please include ‘Freedom of Information request’ in the title of the email.

Further advice and guidance

If you would like further advice or assistance on making a Request for Information please contact generalenquiries@psaa.co.uk or telephone on 020 7072 7445.

Once submitted, your request will be logged and formally acknowledged. You will be provided with a unique Request for Information number and point of contact.

We may contact you following receipt of your request to clarify the information you require so that we can process your request.

Important difference between Appointed Auditors and PSAA

PSAA is treated as a public authority under the Freedom of Information Act in relation to the functions delegated to it under the transitional arrangement. Under these arrangements, PSAA appoints auditors, who operate under their own statutory powers, separate from those of PSAA.

Appointed auditors are not ‘public authorities’ for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act and the information they hold is therefore not subject to the provisions of the Act.

How does this affect my right of access to information?

  1. If the information you require is held by the appointed auditor, the Freedom of Information Act does not apply:
  • You should address your request to the appointed auditor.
  • The appointed auditor will consider whether they can provide you with the information requested by considering Schedule 11 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.
  1. If the information you require is held by PSAA, the Freedom of Information Act applies:
  • You should address your request to PSAA.
  • PSAA will consider whether it can provide you with the information requested.
  • First, it will consider whether  Schedule 11 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 applies.
  • Second, it will consider whether any other exemptions defined by the Freedom of Information Act apply.
  1. If the information you require has been passed to PSAA by the appointed auditor, the Freedom of Information Act applies:
  • The information is held by PSAA and it will consider whether it can provide the information requested using the same process outlined in paragraph 2 above.