Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) provides a right of access to a wide range of information held by public authorities, including NHS Property Services. The purpose is to promote greater openness and accountability.

Our duty to you

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 requires us to:

  • Provide information to you about NHS Property Services through a publication scheme.
  • Provide a guide to this information.
  • Respond appropriately to requests for information.

Before you make a request

Before you make an FOI request, check whether the information you seek is already available. NHS Property Services publishes information on this website and you may well find the answer to your question is already here. We have a publication scheme setting out what information we currently release or expect to release.

If you request information from NHS Property Services that is already published, we will simply refer you to the published source.

What information can you request?

Anyone can ask for information from NHS Property Services and you can seek any recorded information that you think NHS Property Services may hold.

We will provide as much information as we can, however, due to the sensitivity of some of this information, we have a duty of confidence to those making a claim. In line with FOI, this means that no information will be released which could lead to the identification of an individual.

If the information is environmental, we will respond according to the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004. You do not have to know whether the information you want is covered by the EIR or the FOIA. When you make a request, we will decide which law applies.

If the information is your own personal data, you should make a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998, and not under the FOIA. See “Requesting Information Held About Me” below for how to make Subject Access Requests.

Make your request

If you would like to make a Freedom of Information request to NHS Property Services, please email: using Freedom of Information in the subject line.

Alternatively, you can fill out this form.

Make a request

What you should include in your request

The FOI Act requires certain information to be supplied before NHS Property Services can respond to your request:

  • your real name – we do not have to respond to requests submitted under a pseudonym,
  • your address (email addresses are acceptable),
  • a description of the information you wish to obtain, and
  • any preferences for the format in which you wish to receive the information e.g. electronic or hard copy. We will endeavour to meet your preferences but cannot guarantee that we will be able to.

You don’t need to:

  • explicitly mention the FOIA, although it may help to do so,
  • know whether the information is covered by the FOIA or the EIR as we will decide this,
  • say why you want the information; or
  • specify particular documents.

You have a right to information, however it is recorded.

Wording your request

Comprehensive guidance on submitting effective requests for information is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office. However, to frame an effective request for the information you need:


  • clearly identify the information you want. Be clear about date ranges or timescales. If it is not clear what you are requesting, we may need to seek further clarification,
  • be as specific as possible. If your request is too general, it may be refused on the grounds that replying would exceed the cost limit laid down in the Fees Regulations, which is equivalent to one person working for three and a half days. If this happens, we will ask you to re-submit a narrower, more specific request which could be met within the cost limits and give you advice and assistance to do so,
  • ask questions such as “what” or “how much” as this is much more likely to result in a useful response,
  • use straightforward, polite language.


  • use open-ended questions such as “why”.  We do not have to answer your question if this would mean creating new information or giving an opinion or judgment that is not already recorded,
  • base your request on assumptions or opinions,
  • mix your request with complaints or comments.

After you've made your request

NHS Property Services has a legal obligation to reply to your FOI request and must do so within 20 working days of receipt. We will do one of the following:

  • supply you with the information you requested,
  • inform you that we don’t hold the information and, if we are able, advise you who does,
  • inform you that your request will exceed the cost limit specified in the Fees Regulations and invite you to submit a narrower request,
  • inform you that we hold the information requested but refuse to provide all or part of it and explain why, citing one or more of the exemptions from the FOIA,
  • inform you that we are refusing your request on the basis it is repeated or vexatious; or
  • inform you that we need more time to consider the public interest test in relation to your request and let you know when to expect a further response. This should not be later than 40 working days after receipt of your request.

If you're unhappy with the reply to your request

You can ask NHS Property Services for an internal review of your FOI request. 

When you write to us requesting an internal review, we will acknowledge your letter and tell you how long we think the review will take. We aim to complete internal reviews within 20 working days, although more cases that are complex may take longer. Where internal reviews go over 20 working days, we will keep you informed of progress.

If, after an internal review, you are still not satisfied you can then complain to the Information Commissioner (ICO).  Details of how to do this are available at the ICO website.

Full details of how to ask NHS Property Services for an internal review will be included in our initial reply to your FOI request. Details of how to complain further to the Information Commissioner will be included in our response to your internal review request.

Requesting information about yourself

Also known as a Subject Access Request, you have the right to request access, a correction and/or deletion of your personal data, among other things.

Request information about yourself
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Find existing Freedom of Information (FOI) responses

You can also find details of previous Freedom of Information (FOI) request on our website.

View responses
NHSPS' Freedom of Information and Annual Reports