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 greater transparency, the council is publishing online information in line with the guidance published by the LGA on publishing local spending data.
Local Authorities are required to publish open data. The data to be published has been grouped into themes.
In line with the guidance, information will be redacted if it is exempt under current access to information regimes, e.g. the Data Protection Law, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Any FOI requests received in relation to these matters received prior to the next planned publication date will be refused using the exemption under Section 22 of the FOI Act as it is information that we hold with the intention of publishing at some future (pre-scheduled) date. The existing information available to you demonstrates that the Council has a process in place to regularly and routinely publish this information. The Council recognises that at times information outside of this routine publication may be requested and that the Council should be open and transparent in its operations and more up to date information may assist this. The information is, however, freely available on the Council’s website, and there is a statutory duty and timescale for publication. In accordance with the publication schedule quality and accuracy of information is checked. To provide information outside of this schedule may impede the process and potentially impact on the quality and accuracy of the material disclosed. As a consequence, having considered the balance of public interest in favour of both withholding and disclosing information, the Council considers that the arguments in favour of maintaining the exemption outweigh the arguments in favour of disclosing it.
Pay Policy Statement approved by the Council for 2018.