What is Freedom of Information?
The Freedom of Information Act 2014 gives you the right to access records held by FOI bodies. FOI bodies must give you an explanation if you are not given what you asked for and the decision must normally be made within 4 weeks. The PIAB is a body to whom Freedom of Information requests may be made.
What can I ask for?
You can ask for any of the following:
- Any records relating to you personally, whenever created
- All other records created by the PIAB since 21st April 2008
What is a record?
A record includes a book or other written or printed material which is in any form including in any electronic device. It is a map, plan or drawing, a disc, tape or film which contains visual or non-visual images or a copy of any of these. The majority of records held by the PIAB are documents or photographs either in soft copy (i.e. electronic) or hard copy format.
Applications under the FOI Act
Under the FOI Act, anyone is entitled to apply for access to information not otherwise publicly available.
Each person has a right to:
- Access records held by the PIAB
- Request correction of personal information relating to oneself held by the PIAB where it is inaccurate, incomplete or misleading
- Access to reasons for decisions made by the PIAB directly affecting oneself
The PIAB will normally be obliged to respond to the request within four weeks. A week is defined in the Act to mean five consecutive weekdays excluding Saturdays and public holidays (Sundays are also excluded as they are not weekdays).
Applications under the FOI Act should be addressed to:
Freedom of Information Officer,
PO Box 9732,
Phone: 01 463 4551
Fax: 01 4634593
A template for FOI requests can be found here.
Assistance for persons with a disability
The PIAB’s FOI Officer is available to provide assistance to persons with a disability to exercise their rights under the FOI Act (e.g. accepting oral requests from requesters who are unable to read, print and/or write due to their disability, enabling the requestor to inspect or have records explained to him or her).
Publication re suppliers and service providers
In line with its obligations under Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 The Personal Injuries Assessment Board publishes the names and details of the sums paid to suppliers and service providers on a quarterly basis. In addition PIAB also publishes details relating to contracts awarded to suppliers and providers on a quarterly basis.
This information is published on the PIAB website.