Publication schemes
Publication schemes

The following Public Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Publication schemes
  • The model publication scheme
  • Adopting the model scheme
  • Classes of information
  • Method of publication
  • Publishing datasets in a publication scheme
  • Charging for information in a publication scheme
  • Charging for re-use of datasets
  • Informing the public about a publication scheme
  • Definition Documents
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for public law?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000) requires public authorities to adopt and maintain an approved publication scheme, which details the authority's commitments to publish selected information in its possession. Having adopted such a scheme, the authority must then publish information periodically in accordance with the scheme.

The Information Commissioner created an approved scheme that every public authority must adopt without modification. The scheme sets out the classes of information which the authority intends to publish and the method by which information is published, and explains whether the information is available free of charge or on payment.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) expects organisations to keep their publication schemes up to date in order to comply with their legal duties under FIA 2000. The ICO monitors compliance in relation to the development and maintenance of publication schemes.

The model publication scheme

Under FIA

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