Freedom of Information Scheme

Freedom of InformationPolicies & Procedures Uploaded on March 11, 2021

Cassington Parish Council 

This Publication Scheme was adopted by Cassington Parish Council on 4th March 2021 and is operational from that date and is too be reviewed in two years or when legislation dictates. 

Freedom of Information Scheme 

Freedom of Information Act 2000


This model publication scheme has been prepared and approved by the Information Commissioner. It has been adopted without modification by the Parish Council and does not require further approval, being valid until further notice.

The publication scheme commits the Parish Council to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below, where this information is held by the authority. Additional assistance is provided to the definition of these classes in sector specific guidance manuals issued by the Information Commissioner.

The Scheme commits an authority to: –

  • Proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by the authority and falls within the classifications below.
  • Specify the information which is held by the authority and falls within the classifications below.
  • Proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme.
  • Produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.
  • Review and update on a regular basis the information the authority makes available under this scheme.
  • Produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available.
  • Make this publication scheme available to the public.
  • Publish any dataset held by the authority that has been requested, and any updated versions it holds, unless the authority is satisfied that it is not appropriate to do so; to publish the dataset, where reasonably practicable, in an electronic form that is capable of re-use; and, if any information in the dataset is a relevant copyright work and the public authority is the only owner, to make the information available for re-use under the terms of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015, if they apply, and otherwise under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act section

The term ’dataset’ is defined in section 11(5) of the Freedom of Information Act. The term ‘relevant copyright work’ is defined in section 19(8) of that Act.

Classes of Information

  • Who we are and what we do – organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.
  • What we spend and how we spend it – financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement, and contracts.
  • What our priorities are and how we are doing – strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections, and reviews.
  • How we make decisions – policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.
  • Our policies and procedures – current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
  • Lists and Registers – information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.
  • The Services we offer – advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions, and media releases. A description of the services offered.

The Classes of Information will NOT generally include.

  • Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure.
  • Information in draft form.
  • Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage or is difficult to access for similar reasons.

The Method by which information published under this scheme will be made Available

The Parish Council will indicate clearly to the public what information is covered by this scheme and how it can be obtained.

Where it is within the capability of a public authority, information will be provided on the Parish Council’s website. Where it is impracticable to make information available on a website or when an individual does not wish to access the information by the website, the Parish Council will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.

In exceptional circumstances some information may be available only by viewing in person. Where this manner is specified, contact details will be provided. An appointment to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.

Information will be provided in the language in which it is held or in such other language that is legally required. Where the Parish Council is legally required to translate any information, it will do so.

Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms and formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with this scheme.

Charges which may be made for Information published under this scheme. 

The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at the minimum inconvenience and cost to the public.  Charges made by the Parish Council for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.  Material which is published and accessed on a website will be provided free of charge.  Charges will be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament.

Charges will be made for actual disbursements incurred such as: –

  • Photocopying
  • Postage and Package
  • The costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information.

Charges will also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised, they are in all the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees which is readily available to the public.

Charges may also be made for making datasets (or parts of datasets) that are relevant copyright works available for re-use. These charges will be in accordance with the terms of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015, where they apply, or with regulations made under section 11B of the Freedom of Information Act, or with other statutory powers of the public authority.

If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment will be requested prior to provision of the information.

Written Requests 

Information held by the Parish Council that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Information available from Cassington Parish Council under the Model Publication Scheme Information to be published How the information can be obtained.

(Hard copy and/or Website)

Class 1 – Who we are and what we do (Organisational information, structures, locations, and contacts)

This will be current information only.

Who’s who on the Council and it’s Committees Website / Hard Copy / Noticeboards  
Contact details for the Parish Clerk and Council Members (named contacts where possible with telephone number and email address (if used). Website / hard copy / noticeboards  
Location of main Council Office and accessibility duties. Website / hard copy / noticeboards  
Staffing Structure Website / hard copy  
Copy 2 – What we spend and how we spend it (Financial Information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit)    
Current and previous financial year as a minimum Website / hard copy  
Annual return form and report by auditor Website / hard copy  
Finalised Budget Website / hard copy  
Precept Website / hard copy  
Borrowing Approval Letter Website / hard copy  
Standing Orders and Financial Regulations Website / hard copy  
Grants given and received Website / hard copy  
List of current contracts awarded and value of contract Website / hard copy  
Members’ allowances and expenses Website / hard copy  
Class 3 – What our priorities are and how we are doing (Strategies, audits, inspections, reviews)    
Parish Plan (current and previous year a minimum)    
Annual Report to Parish or Community Meeting (current and previous year as a minimum)    
Quality Status