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Re-use of Public Sector Information Statement

This statement recognises the support and commitment to the requirements of the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (RoPSIR) by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

The RoPSIR has been introduced to enable the use of Public Sector information held, to be re-used lawfully outside the public sector arena.

Making a request for re-use of public sector information

To make a request for Re-use of Public Sector Information to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, you must submit the request in writing including:

  • your name
  • your address for correspondence
  • the information that you want to re-use and the purpose you intend to use it for

Be specific about the information you want:

  • is it from a particular location or body
  • what period of time
  • level of detail (e.g., a summary or all information)
  • preferred format of information (e.g., XML, CSV, Shapefile, etc)
  • be specific on how you intend to re-use the information.

You do not need to make a request if we have already made the information available under the Open Government Licence (OGL).

Once we receive your request to re-use information, we will respond within 20 working days, in accordance with the Re-use of Public Sector Regulations 2015.  This time limit can be extended if the information is extensive or the request raises complex issues, but we will inform you of this within the 20 day period.

We must permit re-use in response to a request, making the requested document available for re-use or where conditions are attached to the re-use, finalising the offer to you of the conditions on which re-use will be permitted.

However, the RoPSIR does not apply to information that would be exempt from disclosure under information access legislation, such as Freedom of Information. We do not have to permit re-use of exempt information and information we have withheld. Under these conditions the request for re-use would be refused.

If the council receives a request for re-use regarding information that has not previously been disclosed, then we will deal with this as an access request under the appropriate legislation. Once responded to, we will then consider the re-use element of the request.

We will make the information for re-use available in the format and language in which it is held by us. If we don’t already hold it in an open and machine readable format but it is possible and appropriate to make it available in this way, then we will do so. This means open formats, such as CSV, which are preferable to proprietary formats such as XLS.

Complaints

Further guidance on the RoPSIR has been created by the ICO and the National Archives: