Guidance on Publication Schemes, Classes of Information and
Guidance to Information
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - publication scheme
In implementing the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Bassetlaw
District Council promotes an understanding of the work undertaken
within the Council to foster a spirit of trust with the public and
other organisations. We achieve this by promoting transparency in
the way we make our decisions and by providing clear information
about our policies and processes through our publication scheme. We
deal with individual requests for information courteously and
promptly and provide advice and assistance if necessary.
What is Freedom of Information?
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of
access to all types of recorded information held by public
authorities. It lists exemptions from that right and places a
number of obligations on public authorities.
The Act came into force in two stages:
- The first stage was in February 2003 when the Council adopted a
- The second stage came into force in January 2005. Any person
now making a request to a public authority for information must be
informed whether the public authority holds that information and
supplied with that information. This is subject to a number of
exemptions listed in the Act.
What is a publication scheme?
A Publication Scheme is a guide to the classes of information
that the Council publishes or intends to publish routinely. The
term “published” is broad and is not limited to information
produced in paper forms. As far as the Freedom of Information Act
2000 is concerned, information made publicly available has been
published. Therefore, information on the Council’s website is as
much part of the Publication Scheme as printed documents.
What are classes of information?
A requirement of the Act is to specify “classes” of information
that the Council will publish within its Publication Scheme.
The Information Commissioner has issued a ‘Model
Publication Scheme’ and the Council adopted the ‘Model
The information covered by the Model Scheme is included in the 7
classes of information listed below, where this information is held
by the authority:
- Who we are and what we do
- What we spend and how we spend
- What our priorities are and how we are
- How we make decisions
- Our policies and procedures
- Lists and registers
- The services we offer
Examples of the type of information available are given below
under the Guidance to Information.
By adopting the Information Commissioner’s ‘Model Scheme’ the
Council is committed to the following:
- To proactively publish information (including environmental
information which is held by it and contained within each
- To provide a means by which the Council can ensure the public
are aware of the sorts of information the Council has committed to
make readily available, how they can access it and whether they
will have to pay for it.
- To review and update the information on a regular basis.
How will I request additional information not covered by this
The Council includes as much information in the Publication
Scheme as it can however, if you cannot find what you are looking
for you can make a request for the information.
The Act is retrospective and information requests can be for
information created before the Act came fully in to force in 2005.
However, where any of the information comes within an exempt
category either under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or other
relevant legislation, it will be published with the exempt material
Will I be charged for information?
Material which is published and accessed on the website can be
downloaded free of charge. Some information may only be available
in hard copy and some information will only be available for
inspection. Charges may be made for information subject to a legal
charging regime. Charges under the publication scheme may be made
for actual disbursements such as:
- Postage and packaging
- The cost directly incurred as a result of viewing
Any charges will be in accordance with the Council’s fees and
Who do I contact?
For information concerning the scheme you can contact the
The Council Solicitor
Making a complaint, suggestion or compliment
If you are not satisfied with the Council’s response to a
request for information you may make a complaint to the address
The Complaints & Consultation Officer
Bassetlaw District Council
If after going through the Council’s formal complaint and
appeals system you are still not satisfied then the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 makes provision for you to complain directly
to the Information Commissioner’s Office:
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Website: Information Commissioner’s Office
Reviewing and maintaining the scheme
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 states that a publication
scheme should be reviewed from time to time. The Council is
responsible for reviewing and maintaining this guide to information
and the data it contains. Material will be updated and any outdated
information will be removed. This guide and operation of the scheme
will be reviewed annually in accordance with the legislation.
Reproducing material supplied under this Publication Scheme
without the express permission of the Council may be an
infringement of copyright. Requests for permission should be
addressed to the Council Solicitor at the address detailed
Guidance to information
The Council’s A–Z web pages provide a guide to the information
available; there is also a search facility to assist you to find
other information that may not be included in the A-Z.
The guidance below is intended to assist you by giving some
examples of the type of information the Council routinely makes
Where a document is indicated as available within this guidance
it will be the current version.
The classes of information detailed below will not generally
- Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or
exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise
properly considered to be protected from disclosure.
- Information in draft form.
- Information that is no longer readily available as it is
contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is
difficult to access for similar reasons.
- Information that is not held by the Council.