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Freedom of Information- Handling Requests

The ICO have put together this useful flow chart demonstrating how you can handle requests from the public under the Freedom of Information Act.

Wed, 10 May 2017

ICO Model Publication Scheme

Published by the Information Commissioner's Office, this publication scheme commits an authority to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities.

Additional assistance is provided to the definition of these classes in sector specific guidance manuals issued by the Information Commissioner.

Fri, 23 Oct 2015

Issuing Council documents by email and publishing online

Until April 2015, the legislation covering the issuing of the summons and papers for a council meeting did not permit the use of emails. Although many councils used email practically the legislation did not permit this.

The Local Government (Electronic Communications) (England) Order 2015 has amended the legislation and now permits the use of email for sending the summons, agenda and other papers provided that the member has given their consent.

This FAQ Sheet, runs through these issues and also looks at how the Transparency Code (2015) will play a role in the online publishing of information.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015

Open and Accountable: A Guide

Government is currently implementing increasing transparency and scrutiny requirements. The most high profile change is the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 which came into effect in August 2014 and brought in the public right to report from local council (and principal local authority) meetings.

The law gives the public and press the right to report, which includes filming, blogging, photographing and use of social media at council meetings (including committees), in most circumstances, although not for legitimately confidential items. Councillors can also report from the meetings but must take care not to disrupt the meeting and in the interests of natural justice, should still be listening to and participating in the debate so that they can make informed decisions.

Whatever form of reporting is used, editing and re-use (retweeting, republication etc) of the result is readily possible. However, councils will be aware that reports from meetings in written form including tweeting and blogging have been fairly commonplace for some time. Covert filming and audio recording have not been unknown either. Now, the difference is that such reporting activities will usually be conducted overtly and councils will be preparing themselves properly for facilitating and managing this reporting, in anticipation that the likelihood of reporting has risen.

Mon, 01 Dec 2014

FOI Policy for Handling Requests

Within 20 working days of receipt of your written request the Council will:

  • confirm to you whether or not it holds the information
  • advise you if a fee will be charged
  • provide you with the information (after any relevant fee has been paid) unless an exemption applies (see 'Exemptions' paragraph below).

Sun, 01 Sep 2013

Retention, disposal and care of records

Parish and Town Council clerks create a wide range of records in order to fulfil the duties of their Councils. Some of these are of long-term historical interest and should be preserved permanently after their administrative usefulness has been served. Many, however, should be disposed of after a number of years.

These guidelines have been drawn up in response to regular requests for advice and assistance over the years. They should also serve to help parish and town clerks manage their records, which is a basic element of being able to meet the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The guidelines aim to help clerks to decide which records should be kept and which can be safely destroyed in the parish.

Thu, 01 Sep 2011

Model Publication Scheme: Template

'Information available from …………. Parish/Community Council under the model publication scheme'

This document provides a template for a Parish council to use to determine what documents they will make available, for whom, how and at what costs.

Thu, 11 Sep 2008