Who can I request information from?
WhatDoTheyKnow covers requests to 46,164 authorities, including:
- Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council 3701 requests
- Kent County Council 2673 requests
- British Broadcasting Corporation 4224 requests
- Department for Work and Pensions 13260 requests
- Ministry of Defence 7855 requests
Looking for an EU Authority?
You can request documents directly from EU Institutions at our sister site AskTheEU.org . Find out more .
What information has been released?
WhatDoTheyKnow users have made 935,659 requests, including:
Pembrokeshire County Council answered a request about Social housing average waiting list time by priority band and number of bedrooms
2 days ago
Harrow Borough Council answered a request about ICT Procurement
about 17 hours ago
Dundee City Council answered a request about Branding guide
1 day ago
Lothian NHS Board answered a request about Teaching hospitals and links with university practices' and colleges
2 days ago
Department for Work and Pensions answered a request about Right to rectification internal guidance
1 day ago
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