Publication scheme

We want to be a transparent organisation that helps you to understand what we do and how we do it. We not only want to respond to Freedom of Information requests but also be pro-active in publishing information.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires every public authority to create and maintain a publication scheme. This is a list of key documents about the Council and how it conducts its business.

We’re working hard to bring you an improved publication scheme that will be easier to navigate and more informative.

Please email us at if you’d like any additional information.

Our publication scheme

In common with many other local authorities, the council has adopted a Model Publication Scheme issued by the Information Commissioner's Office.

We’re committed to reviewing this information as regularly as possible to ensure it is current, relevant and accurate.

By adopting the model scheme, the Council has made a commitment to ensuring that as much information as possible is made publicly available under seven categories:

What’s not included?

The publication scheme will not generally include information:

  • where the disclosure is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure
  • in draft form
  • 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

Information held by the Council, which has not been published under this scheme, can be requested in writing under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act. Find out how to make an FOI request.

Is there a charge for publication scheme 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. Further details of our charges for information can be found on a special section of our website.

Where can I get further information?

Further information about publication schemes is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office.