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.
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.
Where the Council receives a request for information that is, or forms part of a dataset, the Council must release that information in a reusable format. A 'dataset' means information held in electronic form where it has been gathered for the purposes of carrying out Council services or functions and is in its raw format. Usually this will be in the format of a spreadsheet or similar.
The Council will publish any datasets that have been released in response to an information request. The most popular spreadsheets will be updated on a regular basis.
Information regarding how often the information will be updated will be located within each individual spreadsheet e.g. monthly, half yearly or yearly.
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.
Individuals have the right of access to personal information about themselves under the Data Protection Law.
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.