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Publication scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. It also sets out exemptions from that right of access and places a number of obligations on public authorities, including us.

Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information and, subject to exemptions, supplied with that information.

Individuals also have the right of access to information about themselves under the Data Protection Act 2018. You can request this information from us.

Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires every public authority to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme, which has been approved by the Information Commissioner and to publish information in accordance with that Scheme.

The Information Commissioner has issued a Model Publication Scheme to be adopted by all public authorities.

Our publication scheme

We have based our Publication Scheme on the Model Publication issued by the Information Commission which provides seven classes of information:

Who we are and what we do

What we spend and how we spend it

What our priorities are and how we are doing

How we make decisions

Our policies and procedures

records management and personal data policies

Lists and registers

Public registers and registers held as public records:

Services provided by us

How much do publications cost?

We recognise making information available proactively is in the public interest and imposing high levels of charges for routine information could be seen to undermine public access to official information. Most of the information made available under the Model Publication Scheme is published on this website and will be made available no cost.

The Model Publication Scheme allows for fees to be charged where it can be justified. We will only charge a fee where a statutory charge applies or the information is provided in hard copy form.

How are they published?

Most of the information made available under the Model Publication Scheme is published on this website. Where the document or information is not available on the website, this guide to information will specify who to contact to arrange an appointment to view or obtain copies.

What about information not published under the Publication Scheme?

Information held by us which has not been published under this scheme can be requested in writing under the Freedom of Information Act.


The publication of the scheme is a requirement of Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A scheme is a commitment to routinely and proactively provide information to the public. It is important therefore that the scheme meets your needs. We welcome suggestions for additional information that could be included or how the scheme might be improved.

If you have any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme you can contact us by:

Legal Services
Ashfield District Council
Urban Road
Kirkby in Ashfield
NG17 8DA.