Publication scheme

Knowsley Council is committed to being an open, transparent and accountable local authority.

Our publication scheme is a guide to the information we have made available.

What is the Publication Scheme?

The Freedom of Information Act requires every public authority to adopt and maintain a publication scheme and to publish information in line with the scheme.

Our publication scheme is intended to be a guide to the information that we regularly publish.

The information is split into seven classes of information relating to the council's finances, performance and decision-making.

  1. Who we are and what we do
  2. What we spend and how we spend it
  3. What our priorities are and how we are doing
  4. How we make decisions
  5. Our policies and procedures
  6. Lists and registers
  7. The services we offer

What does the Publication Scheme include and not include?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 commits Knowsley Council:

  • to publish or otherwise make available, information, including environmental information, which is held by the council and falls within the areas outlined above
  • to specify the information which is held by the council and falls within the areas outlined above
  • to publish or otherwise make available, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme
  • to produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made available so that it can be easily identified
  • to review and update on a regular basis the information the council makes available under this scheme
  • to produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made available
  • to make this publication scheme available to the public
 

It will not generally include:

  • information which is prevented from being disclosed by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise protected from disclosure
  • information in draft form
  • information that is no longer readily available or difficult to access because it is archived