We commit to…
- Proactively publish information (or make it easily available)
- Specify what the information is
- Make sure you know how you can access information
- Regularly review and update the information we make available
- Produce a clear list of any fees that you might need to pay to access any information
- Make our publication scheme available to the public
- Publish any dataset held by us (that has been requested) in an electronic form so that it can be reused. If any information in the dataset is a relevant copyright work and we are the only owner, we will make the information available for re-use under a specified licence.
What classes of information are there?
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 about 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
Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered.
What we don’t publish
- 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
- 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
How is information made available?
- This website is the main public source of information about the Council
- Where it’s not practical to make information available on our website or where a person does not wish to access the information by the website, we will indicate how the information can be obtained by other means and then provide it by those means.
- In exceptional circumstances, some information may be available only by viewing it in person. If this is the case, we will provide contact details. We will arrange an appointment for you to view the information.
- Information will be provided in the language it’s held in (or another language if appropriate). We will translate any information, if we are legally required to.
- We will always do everything we can to provide information in other formats to help you access the information that you need
Do I need to pay a fee to access information?
The aim of our publication scheme is to make as much information as readily available as possible, at minimum cost and inconvenience to you. If you have to pay a fee for routinely published material, we will always let you know why.
- All information that is published and accessed through our website is free of charge
- You may need to pay a charge for information if it comes under a Parliament charging regime
Charges may be made for if it costs us something to provide the information for you. Examples include:
- Postage and packaging
- Any costs incurred as a result of viewing information
Charges may also be made for making datasets that are relevant copyright works available for reuse. We will always let you know if there will be a charge and provide you with confirmation of the payment. We ask for payment before we provide you with the information you’ve asked for.
You can ask for information that isn’t published under this scheme by requesting it in writing through a Freedom of Information request. You can find out how to do this on the Make a Freedom of Information request page on this website.