Freedom of Information Act Model Publication Scheme
The Freedom of Information Act came into force at the beginning of 2005 and it encourages greater openness and transparency across the whole public sector.
The Act obliges every public authority to adopt an approved Publication Scheme. The intention of a Publication Scheme is to require authorities to make certain kinds of information routinely available to the public.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a new model publication scheme that all public sector organisations must adopt from 1 January 2009. The model scheme may be adopted without modification and such adoption requires no further approval. Individual community and town councils can simply adopt the scheme and complete the template without needing to submit anything to the ICO. Once adopted the scheme will be valid until further notice.
The Community Council adopted this model publication scheme and the template at their Annual General Meeting on 12 May 2015. It was re-approved at the AGM in May 2016. The model publication scheme is below:
The template is also attached below: