Under the Freedom of Information Act we are obliged to have a ‘publication scheme’ setting out certain types of information. However, the Information Commissioner’s Office, which is the independent regulator for the Freedom of Information Act, has recognised that websites have now come to fulfil the purpose of a publication scheme.
The Information Commissioner’s model publication scheme sets out some of the classes of information that it expects public authorities to follow, which are:
- 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
- policies and procedures
- lists and registers
- the services we offer.
We are of the view that, as the location of all proactive information we make available, our website constitutes our publication scheme.
Most of this information is also available in our Annual Report.