After more than a decade of the Freedom of Information Act being in operation in the UK there are a large number of resources which exist to help requesters and information professionals alike.

Also, the community of individuals, journalists, information practitioners and more who surround the Act are generally very helpful and committed to promoting the good the Act does.

Below is a list of tools and resources, which are useful for those making, or intending to make FOI requests. Some are produced by FOI Directory, but others are external.

FOI Request Template 

EIR Request Template

Request Tracking Spreadsheet 

FOI Complaint Snippets 

Internal Review Templates

FOI Experts 

FOI Legislation

FOI in Court 

ICO Decision Notice Search

Better ICO Decision Notice Search 

First Tier Tribunal 

Scottish Information Commissioner 


I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.