Publication Scheme

We are working hard to bring you a much improved Publication Scheme that will be easier to navigate and much more informative. In the meantime, please email us at if you require any information that falls within the headings below.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires every public authority to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme, which is essentially a list of key documents about the council and how it conducts its business. In common with many other local authorities, the council has adopted a Model Publication Scheme (PDF File, 65kb) issued by the Information Commissioners Office.

By adopting the model scheme the Council has made a commitment to ensure as much information as possible is made publically available under each of the seven categories, listed below, in the model scheme.

Who we are and what we do

Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.

What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.

How we make decisions

Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.

Our policies and procedures

Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.

Lists and registers

Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.

The services we offer

Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered

The classes of information will not generally include:

  • Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure.
  • Information in draft form
  • Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is difficult to access for similar reasons.

We are committed to reviewing the information held in the Publication Scheme as regularly as possible to ensure it is current, relevant and accurate.

Information held by the council, which has not been published under this scheme, can be requested in writing under the Freedom of Information Act.

Is there a charge for this information?

We make no charge for downloading information from our website. Where it is not possible to offer a document electronically, charges may be made for photocopying, postage and packaging or costs incurred as a direct result of requesting the information. If there is a charge, it will be clearly indicated. Details of our charges can be found on our Charges for Information page.

Where can I get further information?

Further information about the Publication Scheme is available from the Information Commissioner Office.

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