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Making an appeal to the Commissioner


If you're still unhappy after the review stage, you can make an appeal to the Commissioner, as long as it is within six months of receiving your review response.

Covid-19 FOI UpdateAn important message from the Commissioner's office - COVID-19:

We have made the difficult decision to close the office for two weeks from Monday 23 March.  As with most other organisations, we do not know whether it will be possible to re-open the office at the end of that two week period, but we will comply with relevant government guidance at that time.

Due to the security surrounding the information we deal with at the Commissioner’s office (as well as the effect the virus will have on the availability of staff in public authorities), we will be unable to carry out investigations in the usual way.  Unfortunately, this means there will be a delay to investigations.

If you have an urgent question about your case, please email it to and we will do our best to help. If you do email us, please be aware that there will, at most, be three members of staff available to help and that, in most cases, they will not have access to the investigation file.

We will let you know as soon as things return to normal. We will share updates and additional information about this situation as they are available at our Latest News page. In the meantime, if you decide that you no longer wish to proceed with your application to the Commissioner, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing

Thank you for your patience in what is a difficult time for all of us.

Appeal Online

This is the best way to make an appeal. It gives you help in real time, explaining exactly what we need so the Commissioner can investigate your case quickly.


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Other ways to appeal

If you do not want to use the appeal online, see Other ways to Appeal.


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