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Freedom of information

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We are committed to a culture of openness in our dealing with the public and partners. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we have produced a publication scheme showing the classifications of information that is available.

In drawing up the scheme we have adopted a policy of "maximum publication" which allows for all recorded material to be published as a matter of course, unless clear reasons can be given for non-disclosure, such as protecting privacy, copyright, commercial sensitivity, etc.

About the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act requires all public bodies to produce a publication scheme. This should specify:

  • the classes of information which the Authority publishes or intends to publish
  • the manner in which the information will be published
  • whether the information is available free of charge or has to be paid for

Our publication scheme

The scheme is divided into eight sections:

  1. Finding what you are looking for
  2. Accessing information
  3. Charging for information
  4. Copyright
  5. Information not included in the scheme
  6. Information to be included at a later date
  7. Feedback and comment
  8. Other information

Download our publication scheme PDF document (updated February 2016)

For information on charging see our Schedule of Charges PDF document (updated June 2015)

Freedom of Information Disclosure Log

A disclosure log is a recommendation of the Freedom of Information Act  and contains information relating to requests that we have received and responded to within the quarter. The log is in summary format which provides details of the request, whether we have disclosed the information and whether we have responded within the time period defined by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

Our disclosure log is published from April 2015 and is available in PDF and CSV formats.

If you experience problems opening the .csv files then please save to your computer by hovering over the link and selecting 'Save target as...'.  You can then open the file from your computer.

Please note that we do not keep paper records of freedom of information requests. All correspondence in relation to requests is held in electronic case files.

To submit a freedom of information request, please contact us.

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