PARISH INFORMATION – MODEL PUBLICATION SCHEME
It is a duty for parishes, under the Freedom of Information Act, to publish information to the public. This Parish Council adopted the Model Publication Scheme at it’s meeting held on 12th November 2008 and it was reviewed and updated on 20th May 2015.
We are committed to making information available to the public as part of our normal business activities. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below, where this information is held by us.
Our scheme for publishing information (either in print or on the web) commits us:
- 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.
- To specify the information which is held by the authority and falls within the classifications below.
- To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme.
- To 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.
- To review and update on a regular basis the information the authority makes available under this scheme.
- To produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available.
- To make this publication scheme available to the public
In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2009 the scheme specifies the classes of information as detailed below. Excluded throughout the scheme is general correspondence sent or received by councils and all information relating to private individuals by virtue of it being personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998.
The information contained in each class is available by inspection at the Council offices which are open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Telephone 0116 2602202. Any requests for information will be responded to within 20 days.
Class 1: Who we are and what we do
- Who’s who on the Council and it’s Committees
- Location of main Council Offices and accessibility details
Class 2: What we spend and how we spend it
- Members’ allowances and expenses No Councillor is paid an allowance with the exception of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are paid on a claims basis (hours worked) to defray the cost of performing these roles – both are payable upon completion of one years’ service in April and with the submission of a claims form listing the activities which they are claiming for. In April 2021 the Vice Chairman claimed £125.00 and the Chairman was paid an ex-gratia payment of £300 on his retirement to cover his expenses.
- Grants given and received.
- Financial Regulations
Class 3: What our priorities are and how we are doing
- Parish Plan
- Annual Report to Parish Meeting
- Local charters drawn up in accordance with DCLG guidelines
Class 4: How we make our decisions
- Timetable of meetings
- Agendas of meetings
- Minutes of meetings
- Reports presented to council meetings
- Responses to consultation papers
- Responses to planning applications
- Meeting dates/Agenda/Minutes
- Policies and procedures for the conduct of council business:
- Policies and procedures for the provision of services and about the employment of staff:
- Equality and Diversity Policy (September 2022)
- Adult Safeguarding Policy (September 2022)
- Child Safeguarding Policy (September 2022)
- Health and Safety Policy (July 23)
- Policies and procedures for handling requests for information
- Complaints Procedure September 2022
- Tree Policy (October 2019)
- Risk Assessment Policy 2023
- Records management policies (records retention, destruction and archive)
- Schedule of charges (for the publication of information – see below)
- List of council policies – August 2023
Where we handle personal information about individuals we have a number of legal obligations to protect that information under the Data Protection Act 1998. We are registered as a data handler with the Information Commissioners Office. (Registration Number Z7751466). All queries should be directed to the Clerk of the Council.
Class 6: Lists and Register
Class 7: The services we offer
- Community centres and village halls
- Parks, playing fields and recreation facilities
- Seating, litter bins, clocks, memorials and lighting
- Bus shelters
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.
- All commercially sensitive information eg quotations and tenders, loan documentation and insurance policies.
Schedule of Charges
A charge of 10p per copy has been agreed by the Council and adopted 20th May 2015 along with any actual postage costs.