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Publication Scheme and Guide

An introduction to the Council's Publication Scheme and Guide

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

An Act which gives you access to business information held by the Council and to find out more about what the Council does and how it makes decisions. You can find out more from our about the legislation| page. 

What is the Publication Scheme and Guide?

Under Section 19 of the Act, the Council is required to proactively publish and make available business information to you. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) defined the categories and level of information that should be made available to you as part of a Publication Scheme. The Council has adopted this scheme. For further infomation go to the scheme guide on the ICO website|.

The Scheme defines seven categories of information.  These are as follows:

As part of the Scheme, we are also required to produce a Scheme Guide so you can easily identify and access information against each of the categories. Select from one of the seven categories above.


The (ICO) has produced a series of 'definition' and 'guidance' documents to illustrate the types of information public sector organisations are required to publish under each of the classes.  The 'Principal Local Authorities' definition document applies to the Council.


A lot of the information the Council is required to publish as part of this Scheme is already available on the Council's website.  We are using our website to provide additional information as set out in each of the categories.


Information we publish on our website in accordance with the Scheme will be reviewed and updated.


The Model Publication Scheme which the Council has adopted is published on the Information Commissioner's website|.  The link to this document is detailed below, along with other links which may be of interest to you:


Model Publication Scheme|

This has been approved by the Information Commissioner.

Definition documents|

These give sector-specific guidance on the types of information that we are expected to publish.  For more details on how we are expected to use these, see the ICO's guidance: using the definition documents|.

What do I do if I cannot find the information in the Publication Guide or on the Council's website?

Sometimes information you are looking for may not be available on our website.  If you cannot find what you are looking for, you can make a formal request for information| under the Act.

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