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What is the publication scheme?

Find out more about the purpose of the scheme and what information is contained within it.

What is the publication scheme?As well as responding to requests for information, we must publish information proactively. The Freedom of Information Act requires every public body to have a publication scheme, approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and to publish information covered by the scheme.

The scheme sets out our commitment to make certain classes of information routinely available, such as policies and procedures, minutes of meetings, annual reports and financial information.

The seven classes of information are broad and include headings like ‘Who we are and what we do’ and ‘the services we offer’. The classes cover all the more formal types of information we hold, such as information about the structure of our organisation, minutes of meetings, contracts, reports, plans and policies.

The scheme is designed to increase transparency. Members of the public should be able to routinely access information that is in the public interest and is safe to disclose. Also, without the publication scheme, members of the public may not know what information we have available.

Members of the public wanting access to information that is not included in our guide to information can still make a freedom of information request.

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