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Introduction to Publication Scheme

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Publication Scheme

This document is Dudley Metropolitan Council’s publication scheme as required by section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Section 19(1) of the Act states that it is the duty of every public authority to adopt and maintain a publication scheme, to publish information in accordance with the scheme and, from time to time, to review the scheme.

A publication scheme is a guide to the information Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council routinely publishes or intends to publish routinely. It is intended that, by outlining the types of information the Council holds, the scheme will assist the public’s understanding of what the Council does and the services it provides. This document will also assist the public in formulating requests for information. It also underpins the Council’s commitment to pro-active disclosure of information.

Individuals already have the right of access to personal information about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998. As far as the Council and other public authorities are concerned, the Freedom of Information Act will extend this right to allow public access to all types of information held, subject to some exemptions.

It is important to note that not all information the council holds is available for public access. Some of the information classes identified in this document may contain some material that is exempt information. The section entitled “Classes of Information & Exemptions” will tell you more about this.

The Council welcomes any comments regarding the use, effectiveness, content and structure of the publication scheme. The scheme itself will be subject to continuous review so that it accurately reflects the requirements of customers and clients, council structure, council services and culture.

The Council is already working to make itself more open and already publishes a large amount of information through its website, offices and libraries.

If you have any comments regarding the scheme please contact the address below:

Dudley MBC

Information Governance Unit
Council House
West Midlands DY1 1HF

Telephone: 01384 815607

Email : Publication Scheme