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The British Council prides itself on seeking new and open ways of engaging with the worldwide community.  In order to build integrity and trust, it is important that we set an example by opening up more of our organisations to the world.

We are committed to making the maximum amount on information about us and what we do readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost.  It is important that all sections of the community can access information about us and we will, as far as possible, aim to make information available via our website.  Where possible, we will provide information in alternative formats, including hard copy, if asked to do so.  We will also state whether there is a charge for providing you with this information. 

A large amount of the British Council’s information is available on our country websites. Some of these websites are translated into the local language. You can also find a list of each of our overseas offices on our website. If you are unable to find the information you require on our website you can make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) became law in the UK on 30 November 2000 and came into full force on 1 January 2005. It gives the public a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities and sets out exemptions from that right.  For the purpose of FOIA, the government has designated the British Council as a public authority.

FOIA is enforced by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), an independent body.  Any person, anywhere in the world is able to make a request for information, FOIA is retrospective in nature and applies to any information the British Council holds. FOIA places a duty on the British Council to provide that information unless there’s a very good reason, defined by law, why we should not.

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