How it works

You have the right to request information from any publicly-funded body, and get answers. Demo Alaveteli helps you make a Freedom of Information request. It also publishes all requests online.

  1. Use this site to make your request for information – we'll show you how.

  2. We'll drop you an email as soon as your request gets a response.

  3. We publish it all online. Great! Now you have your answer, and everybody else can access it too.

What information has been requested?

Demo Alaveteli users have made 431 requests, including:

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Freedom of Information to support social change

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In celebration of our millionth public FOI request on WhatDoTheyKnow, we’ve been examining many aspects of the service — and now we come to that huge archive of released information, built up by members of the public asking for what they wanted, and receiving data in response. So, what’s in there? The thing is, we…

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