This publication scheme is based on the model publication scheme prepared and approved by the Information Commissioner.
The scheme sets out the information that we will routinely make available to the public. In most cases, there are direct links to the information within the body of the scheme.
The scheme contains the following classes of information:
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
A description of the services offered by the council.
The information we make available under the Publication Scheme is not definitive. We do not include information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, subject to the exemptions available under the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations, or which is otherwise considered to be protected from disclosure.
We have not included any information that is not commonly requested, or is difficult to access (for example, because it is out of date and/or has been archived).
We will provide the information in the language in which it is held. Where we have a legal obligation to provide a translation, we will do so. We will also have regard to our obligations under disability and discrimination legislation when considering the format in which we will provide information under this scheme.
Most of the information in this scheme is available for viewing on the internet. We will make hard copies available on request, but will charge to cover our photocopying, postage and packing costs. This will be charged at cost. If a charge is to be made, we will advise you how much the charge is to be and request payment prior to providing the information. Some information is available to be purchased at a fixed cost.
You can also make a request for information which is not contained within this scheme under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Requests under the Freedom of Information Act must be made to us in writing.
To request hard copies of information in this publication scheme, or to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information not contained in this publication scheme, please write to us at the contact details shown on the left of this page.
Last updated: 15 September 2010