Publication scheme

Our publication scheme lists the various types of information that we publish and explains how to get that information.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires public authorities to adopt and maintain a publication scheme, the purpose of which is to:

  • specify the classes of information we have committed to publish
  • say how we will make that information available
  • say whether the information is available free of charge or on payment

About this publication scheme

The scheme is not an exhaustive list of all the types of information that we publish. We may publish other types of information if we believe that information is of wider public interest.

The scheme does not include information that we consider to be sensitive, such as certain types of commercial or personal information, or information about security matters or which comprises legal advice.

Most of the information covered by our publication scheme is made available on this website. If you need information in an alternative format, we will do all we reasonably can to help.

Types of information we publish

The information we publish can be broken down into the following categories:

  • who we are and what we do
  • what we spend and how we spend it
  • what our priorities are and how we are doing
  • how we make decisions
  • our policies and procedures
  • lists and registers
  • the services we offer

Who we are and what we do

Includes organisational information, structures, constitutional and legal governance, locations and contacts.

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What we spend and how we spend it

Includes financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.

We publish:

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Includes strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.

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How we make decisions

Includes policy proposals and decisions, decision-making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.

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Our policies and procedures

Includes current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities.

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Lists and registers

Includes information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.

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The services we offer

Includes information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters.

We publish:

Information not already published

If you cannot find what you want through this scheme, or otherwise on our website, you can submit a freedom of information request for it. Please choose ‘General Enquiry’ as the category, and ‘Freedom of Information’ as the topic.

You need to give us your full name (first name, surname/family name and any middle names) and a contact email or postal address so we can reply to you.

When you send your request, please give us as much detail as possible about the information you need.

Charges for information

You can read or download all of the information published on our website free of charge.

We will usually provide printed material free of charge, but we may charge if:

  • you ask for multiple copies
  • you ask for information in a different format or a different language
  • you ask for information that is archived and we have to spend time retrieving it from storage

We will tell you in advance if there will be a charge, and how much it will be.

Feedback about this scheme

If you would like to provide feedback – good or bad – about our publication scheme, please email