Freedom of Information Act – Publication Scheme

1. INTRODUCTION

The Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act grants to members of the public rights of access to all kinds of recorded information held by a wide range of public authorities. Information about the Act is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk

Publication Scheme

The Act requires every public authority to adopt and maintain a generic model publication scheme which should be adopted andoperated by all public authorities from 1 January 2009. Nutfield Parish Council adopted the generic model publication scheme at their Council meeting on 3rd December 2008. It is intended to provide everyone interested in the Council with a comprehensive guide to the information that the Council will automatically or routinely publish or otherwise makes available to the public.

Freedom of Information Requests and the Publication Scheme

It is important to note that a publication scheme simply sets out the information that is routinely available. Information that is not listed in the Information Available Guide of this document can still be requested and it will be made available unless it can be legitimately withheld. This can be done by making a written request to the Parish Clerk who will reply within 20 working days after receipt of the request.

The Council’s Commitment to the Act

The Council is committed to openness and accountability and already makes large amounts of information available to the public,through its website, via the telephone, by post or by appointment where much of the information can be viewed free of charge.

Occasionally it may be necessary to book an appointment.