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What is a Publication Scheme?

Freedom of Information Act 2000
Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities, which includes the Council. Any person who makes a request to the Council for information must be informed whether the Council holds that information and, subject to exemptions, supplied with that information.

Individuals already have the right of access to information about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998. As far as the Council is concerned, the Freedom of Information Act will extend this right to allow public access to most other types of information held.

The purpose of the Council’s Publication scheme is to be a means by which the Council can make a significant amount of information available routinely, without waiting for someone to specifically request it. The scheme supports the Council’s view to publish more information proactively and to develop a greater culture of openness and transparency.

Dudley Council is committed to providing quality services to the residents and businesses of the borough that are value for money. As part of our commitment to providing financial transparency, any spend on goods and services over £500 with external suppliers are now listed online at the following link:-

The publication scheme has been adopted by Dudley MBC and will be valid until further notice.

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

The scheme commits the Council:

  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by the authority.

  • To specify the information which is held by the authority and falls within the classifications below.
  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme.

  • To produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.
  • To review and update on a regular basis the information the authority makes available under this scheme.
  • To produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available.
  • To make this publication scheme available to the public.

  • The purpose of the publication scheme is to provide a guide to the information the Council publishes or intends to publish in the future.