Part One - Introduction
1. Scope and Purpose
The authority has adopted the Model Publication Scheme issued by the Information Commissioner's Office.
This publication scheme commits the authority to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below.
Information held by the authority that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
The scheme commits the authority:
- to proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by the authority and falls within the classifications below
- to specify the information which is held by the authority and falls within the classes below
- to proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme
- to produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public
- to review and update on a regular basis the information the authority makes available under this scheme
- to produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information that is made proactively available
- to make this publication scheme available to the public
- to publish any dataset held by the authority that has been requested, and any updated versions it holds, unless the authority is satisfied that it is not appropriate to do so; to publish the dataset, where reasonably practicable, in an electronic form that is capable of re-use under the terms of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015, if they apply, and otherwise under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act section 19. The term 'dataset' is defined in section 11(5) of the Freedom of Information Act. The term 'relevant copyright work' is defined in section 19(8) of that Act
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.
2. Access to the Scheme
The authority will indicate clearly to the public what information is covered by this scheme and how it can be obtained. Much of the information will be provided on our website. Where it is impracticable to make information available on our website or when an individual does not wish to access the information by the website, the authority will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.
In exceptional circumstances, some information may be available only by viewing in person. Where this manner is specified, contact details are provided. An appointment to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.
Information will be provided in the language in which it is held or in such other language that is legally required. Where the authority is legally required to translate any information, it will do so.
Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms and formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with this scheme.
The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public. Charges made by the authority for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.
Material which is published and accessed on the website will be provided free of charge.
Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament.
Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as:
- postage and packaging
- the costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information
Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised, they are in all the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees which is readily available to the public.
Charges may also be made for making datasets (or part of datasets) that are relevant copyright works available for re-use. These charges will be in accordance with the terms of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015, where they apply, or with regulations made under section 11B of the Freedom of Information Act, or with other statutory powers of the authority.
If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.
4. Review of the Scheme
This Scheme will be amended periodically as necessary and a full review will be carried out every 3 years.
Last updated: 15/09/2020 07:34:02