The Model Publication Scheme

All Scottish public authorities have adopted the Commissioner's Model Publication Scheme as the basis for deciding what information they proactively publish.


Download a copy of the Model Scheme below.

Model Publication Scheme (updated March 2021)

It is very important that you also read our Guide to the Model Publication Scheme.

Model Publication Scheme: Guide for Scottish Public Authorities (updated March 2021)

When you first adopt the Model Scheme, you need to send us a notification form.

Model Publication Scheme Notification Form

How to adopt the Scheme

To adopt the Model Publication Scheme you will need to:

  1. Make a formal decision to adopt the Scheme.
  2. Identify the information your authority holds that falls into the Scheme's classes of information. Our guidance explains how to do this.
  3. Produce and publish a Guide to Information – read more about Guides to Information, the information you should publish and how it should be made available (formats, charging, copyright, assistance, etc).
  4. Notify the Commissioner that you have adopted the Scheme by sending us a completed Notification Form. Once you have notified us, you do not need to do this again unless there is a substantive change in your authority.
  5. Finally, make arrangements to keep the Guide to Information up to date – see advice about reviewing and maintaining your Guide to Information.

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