The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the "FOI Act") requires all Scottish public authorities to adopt and maintain a "publication scheme" which sets out:
- what classes of information are routinely made available
- in what format
- if there is any charge.
The purpose of a publication scheme is to make it easier to find information by setting out what is available from a public authority. A publication scheme must set out what "classes" of information are available, rather than list individual documents and publications.
A publication scheme is not intended to be a complete list of all the information held by an authority. From 1 January 2005, you have the right to ask for any other information that isn't already made available through a publication scheme.
Publication Schemes must be approved by the Scottish Information Commissioner. Scottish local authorities were required to submit their schemes for approval in February 2004, and to make their schemes operational by 1 June 2004. The Scottish Information Commissioner has issued guidance on preparing publication schemes.
Stirling's Publication Scheme
Stirling Council’s publication scheme has been operational since 1 June 2004. Our scheme tells you what information we routinely make available, how and where you can find it, and whether you have to pay for it.
The scheme has been approved by the Scottish Information Commissioner and ensures we meet the requirements of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
The publication scheme lists “classes” of information that we make available, rather than individual documents and publications. However, to help you find the information you are looking for, we have developed a Publications Directory to list individual publications.
The scheme is available to download in pdf format (55 KB).
For queries about Stirling Council's publication scheme, or help to find the information you are looking for, please contact Fiona Wilbraham, Records and Information Compliance Manager on 01786 442926.