EIR Essentials

Most people in the public sector have encountered an FOI request, but more than 15 years after they came into force, many aren’t as familiar with the Environmental Information Regulations. The funny thing is, depending on where you work, you might get more EIR requests than FOIs. Pollution, contamination, water quality and other obvious environmental issues are covered by the EIRs, but so are noise complaints, parking issues and even graffiti. Delve into the weird and wonderful world of EIR, and find out how they work, how they differ from FOI, and what to do when an EIR request lands in your inbox.

Course includes:

  • The definition of Environmental Information – how planning, places, landscapes, waste, recycling, noise, energy, parking and research fit into the EIRs
  • Significant differences between FOIA and the EIRs – verbal requests, form and format, and cost
  • Manifestly unreasonable refusals based on cost
  • Developing a charging policy in line with the European Court Decision on the East Sussex case
  • The EIR exceptions – withholding sensitive data, estimating expensive requests, and the difficulties of dealing with commercially sensitive information under the Regulations
    • Drafts
    • Internal communications
    • Legal advice and legal proceedings
    • Enforcement and criminal investigations
    • Intellectual property
    • Commercial confidence
    • Personal data
  • Key ICO and Tribunal decisions on environmental information
Recorded or in-house course only

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