The Council is required to produce a publication scheme under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The publication scheme identifies what information we make routinely available to the public, how you can obtain it and whether there is a charge for it.
New Forest District Council's publication scheme has been designed in line with the Information Commissioner's Guidance (link below) https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1153/model-publication-scheme.pdf
This publication scheme commits New Forest District Council to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below, where this information is held by the Council. Additional assistance is provided to the definition of these classes in sector specific guidance manuals issued by the Information Commissioner.
The scheme commits New Forest District Council:
The scheme contains the following Classes of Information:
This consists of organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.
This class covers financial Information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.
This class includes strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.
Information in this class includes policy, proposals and decisions. It also covers decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.
These are our current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
This class explains what information is held in registers required by law, and other lists and registers relating to functions of the authority.
This class provides a description of the services offered by the Council. It also explains what advice and guidance on services is available. (booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases)
The classes of information will not generally include:
The method by which information published under this scheme will be made available
The Council will indicate clearly to the public what information is covered by this scheme and how it can be obtained.
Where it is within the capability of the Council, information will be provided on a website. Where it is impracticable to make information available on a website or when an individual does not wish to access the information by the website, the Council will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.
In exceptional circumstances some information may be available only by viewing in person. Where this manner is specified, contact details will be provided. An appointment to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.
Information will be provided in the language in which it is held or in such other language that is legally required. Where the Council is legally required to translate any information, it will do so.
Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms and formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with this scheme.
The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public. Charges made by the Council for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.
Material which is published and accessed on a website will be provided free of charge.
Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament.
Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as:
Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised, they are in all the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by the Council, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees which are readily available to the public.
Charges may also be made for making datasets (or parts of datasets) that are relevant copyright works available for re-use. These charges will be in accordance with either regulations made under section 11B of the Freedom of Information Act or other enactments.
If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.
Information held by the Council that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.