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About publication schemes

 

As well as responding to requests, public authorities must publish information. This means that they must make information available publicly, so people don't have to ask for it. This is often referred to as the "publication scheme" duty. Under this duty, all Scottish public authorities must produce a Guide to Information which shows:

  • the information the authority already makes available, or intends to makes available   
  • where you can find that information, and 
  • whether it is available free of charge or for a fee.

The Guide to Information will also contain details of any charges that may apply.  If you are not sure if the information you want is included in the Guide to Information, you can ask for help.

 

The Guide to Information should tell you how to access a range of information, including:

  • the authority's annual budget
  • minutes of management or board meetings showing the decisions it has taken
  • details of the services the authority provides,
  • information about how the authority is performing,
  • the authority's policies and procedures

Other information will also be included. For example, a council will publish information about its education, housing, planning and social services. You should be able to find out what services are available, whether you will be charged for using them and how well they are delivered.

 

 

The Guide to Information will be on the authority's website and should provide links to the information so you can view and download it. a Guide to Information will also include contact details of staff who can help you access information from the authority. If you're not sure where information is published, you can ask these staff for help.

 

If you would prefer to receive printed copies of information, the authority must send it to you on request.

 

You can search for a Scottish public authority, and its contact details and web address, in our database.

 

If the information you're looking for isn't in the Guide to Information, you can still ask for it to be provided

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is a Scottish public authority with its own publication scheme.  You can view our Guide to Information here  Alternatively you can call us on 01334 464610 or email enquiries@itspublicknowledge.info, and we will send you a printed copy.

    

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