The Model Publication Scheme 2014
The Commissioner has created a single Model Publication Scheme (MPS) which can be used by any Scottish public authority. We review the scheme and publish a new version annually.
The Commissioner recommends that you adopt the single MPS rather than creating your own "bespoke" publication scheme:
- The MPS is based on best practice since 2004, and has been adopted by virtually all Scottish public authorities.
- Authorities who adopt the scheme tell us it is easier, less resource intensive and leads to more information being published.
- The adoption process is more straightforward - just notify us you have done so, and provide a link to your guide to information.
The current scheme is the MPS 2014, but you can see the schemes developed for previous years at Previous model schemes. See here for more information on Bespoke publication schemes.
The Model Publication Scheme 2014
This is the current MPS and can be adopted by any Scottish public authority, and particularly:
- NHS bodies listed in part 4 of Schedule 1 of FOISA (whose schemes expire this year).
- Cultural and leisure trusts subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Designation of Persons as Scottish Public Authorities) Order 2013.
Model Publication Scheme 2014 (PDF - 112 kB)
If you have any questions about whether the single model scheme is suitable for you, or would like further advice about publication schemes, please contact the Commissioner's Policy and Information Team
How to adopt the MPS
If you want to adopt the MPS, you must follow three steps.
Step 1 - Commit to publishing ALL the information you hold which falls under the class descriptions in the MPS
You can't amend the MPS, and by adopting it you are making a public commitment.
Step 2 - Create a guide to the information you publish, and make sure that all this information is published
The guide sets out how you publish all the information you hold which falls under the MPS classes. It is separate to the MPS but should be read in conjuction with it, so you need to make both available to the public. Guides to information MUST:
- allow the public to see what information is available in relation to each class
- state what charged may be applied
- explain how to find information easily (including arrangements for those without internet access)
- provide contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing information
- explain how to request information that has not been published via the MPS.
Step 3 - Notify us you have done so
We don't expect you to submit your guide to information to us, but we do need you to formally notify us you have adopted the MPS by sending us a notification form. The form must include a link to where your guide to information can be found on your website, or we can't accept it.
Model Publication Scheme 2014 Notification Form (Word - 52 kB)
Template guides to information
Your guide to information can be in any format you like, as long as it meets the requirements set out above. If you don't want to start with a blank sheet of paper, you can download and use the following templates:
Generic Template Guide to Information - for any authority
Template Guide to Information Draft for Leisure and Cultural Trusts 2014
Model Publication Scheme Guidance and Checklist
If you want to to adopt the MPS 2014, you MUST read our guidance - it gives a step by step guide on what you need to do to comply with your legal obligations and follow best practice. Use the checklist to identfiy any gaps in the information you are publishing, and assess your completed guide to information against the Commissioner's standards.
Model Publication Scheme 2014 Guidance (PDF - 453 kB)
Model Publication Scheme Self-Assessment Checklist (PDF - 146 kB)
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