What is a Publication Scheme?
Under the Freedom Of Information Act, public authorities are required to have a publication scheme.
A publication scheme is a guide which tells people about the broad classes of information that we will routinely make available to the public. It includes information held in any form e.g. on websites, paper files and public registers.
We have adopted the Information Commissioner's Model Publication Scheme for local authorities. The Information Commissioner is an independent regulator who enforces and advises upon the Freedom of Information Act and has produced and approved this scheme.
Classes of information
The Publication Scheme identifies the "classes" of information that we will publish. The Model Publication Scheme contains seven 'classes' of information:
Who we are and what we do
- How we operate, who makes up the Cabinet, and our senior management structure.
- Overview of council committees
- Councillor information and contact details
- Organisational chart
- Contact details for all departments
- Recent election results
What we spend and how we spend it
What our priorities are and how we are doing
How we make decisions
Our policies and procedures
Lists and registers
- Business Rates - New liabilities, credits and full list of Limited companies
- Contracts register
- Councillors financial interests
- Register of gifts and hospitality
The services we offer
All services that we offer are published on this website. Where another council or organisation provide services, we will endeavour to make this clear, and provide contact details where possible.
Reproducing material supplied under this scheme without our permission could be an infringement of copyright. Any requests should be made to the Freedom of Information officer.
We value your opinion and would welcome your comments on any aspect of our Publication Scheme. In particular we would welcome feedback on:
- whether you have understood the purpose of the Publication Scheme.
- are there any other areas that you would like included in the scheme?
- did the structure of the scheme allow you to find information easily?
- how could we improve the Scheme?
Please send any feedback to email@example.com