Freedom of Information & Publication Scheme

Freedom of Information

With the advent of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the public has rights to access information held by the Council.  Under the Freedom of Information Act, it is the duty of every public authority to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme.  Publication Schemes facilitate the proactive release of information and play a crucial role in supporting and providing greater openness and transparency across the public sector, creating a better understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, The Act enables individuals and organisations to find out what information exists and request copies of documents.

In line with s.20 of the Act the Information Commissioner has approved a new model publication scheme which has been adopted by Arlesey Town Council.

Classes of Information

  • 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
  • Our policies and procedures
  • Lists and registers
  • Services provided by the Council

The Council’s Publication Scheme lists information that the Council already makes available, either electronically, or in hard copy. There may be a charge for certain information requested under the Freedom of Information Act and some information will be subject to Exemptions.

Arlesey Town Council’s Information Publication Scheme is available to view here – June 2018

Requests for access to information under the Act must be made in writing to the Town Clerk via the Town Council Office.

The Freedom of Information Act does not cover access to personal information held by the Council.   This is covered by the Data Protection Act 2018. Arlesey Town Council has adopted the following Data Protection Policy  Data Protection Policy – May 2018

The Council has also reviewed it Privacy Policies and published a General Privacy Notice – May 2018