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Understanding the Environmental Information Regulations

Training course carries 5 hours CPD points 

Courses take place in:

London, Manchester, Leeds and Belfast

 

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 cover a wide range of information which has often been assumed to fall under the Freedom of Information Act.

The scope of EIR is not restricted just to “green” subjects or information, but extends to land use, planning, transport, waste, energy, agriculture, housing development, public nuisance, and aspects of public health, food safety, buildings maintenance and cultural sites.

Public authorities and their advisors, and those contracting with the public sector or carrying out public functions, need to understand the scope of the Regulations in order to handle information requests correctly. This session explains the meaning and scope of the EIR. It examines in detail the boundary with FOI, based on decisions of the Information Commissioner and Information Tribunal and on guidance from DEFRA; including the potential role of a remoteness test in limiting the range of information covered. It analyses the “exceptions” and how to approach the public interest test.

The course equips practitioners to recognise and handle practical issues arising under the Regulations with confidence, and to avoid the pitfalls of dealing with information requests under the wrong regime. Topics covered include:

  • definition and scope of environmental information
  • application in the public and private sectors
  • differences between EIR and FOI
  • EIR exceptions, and how they compare with FOI exemptions
  • requests involving personal data
  • decisions of the Information Commissioner and Tribunal
  • charging
  • best practice: EIR requests and the duty to disseminate information

The session enables delegates to handle Environmental Information with confidence.

Attendance on this course can be used as credit towards gaining the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information.

 
Course Trainer

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Damien Welfare
Barrister,
Cornerstone Barristers


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Course Information
LondonThursday, 05 October 2017
ManchesterThursday, 30 November 2017
LondonThursday, 18 January 2018
ManchesterThursday, 08 February 2018
LondonThursday, 26 April 2018
BelfastThursday, 27 September 2018
ManchesterFriday, 19 October 2018
LondonThursday, 25 October 2018


Short Day – 10.00am to 4.00pm (lunch included)


£475 plus VAT or €625 plus VAT
10% discount for second delegate
15% discount for third and subsequent delegates
(bookings must be made at the same time to receive multiple delegate discounts)


Who should attend:
Information Officers, Environmental Information Officers, Information Managers, Freedom of Information Officers, Data Protection Officers, Information Lawyers, Environmental Lawyers, Legal Advisors, Consultants and Legal advisors to private sector companies providing public services or exercising public functions, and others.

 

Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

 

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Course Testimonials


“Very well run course, very informative.”
Alan Haycock
Solihull Care Trust


“Very useful!”
Jenny Brook Smith
South Bucks District Council


“As an FOI practitioner this course was very enlightening and increased my knowledge of EIR. I would recommend this course to colleagues.”
Julia Okpa
Department for Transport


“Excellent.”
Frances Pond
UCE Birmingham

 

“Excellent, very helpful. Thanks once again PDP for an excellent course.”
Grace McCalla
LBSU


“Very good explanation.”
Olu Adedeji
NOMS


“A very informative course.”
Bournemouth Water


“Excellent.”
Richard Barton
Ofwat

“The tutor’s knowledge was excellent and insightful.”
Louise Smith
Financial Ombudsman Service


“Trainer was very good and knowledgeable.”
Jane Ivey
HS2 Ltd



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