A publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000. The Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring public authorities to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme.
Under the FOI Act 2000, public authorities must produce a Publication Scheme describing:
- the information they will publish
- the format in which the information will be published
- whether or not the information is available free of charge
The Publication Scheme is available to download below, it is not an exhaustive list of information held by us. It does, however, describe the types of information that are routinely available and facilitates access to that information.
LTE Group Information Guide
LTE Group Procurement Profile & Supplier Management
Our Scheme follows the model Publication Scheme produced for Further Education Colleges by the Information Commission's office.
The Publication Scheme is a guide to the information we make available to the public as part of our normal business activities. The information covered is included in the following classes:
- Who we are and what we do
- What we spend and how we spend it
- What our priorities are and how we are doing
- How we make decisions
- Lists and registers
- The services we offer
The Scheme is not a list of actual publications, because these will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, our commitment to make available the information described.
Accessing information covered by the Publication Scheme
To request information available through our publication scheme, please email email@example.com or write to:
Data Protection (FOI)
Ashton Old Road
Where possible we intend to progressively publish all documents covered by the scheme in electronic format via our website although at present most documents are available in hard copy only.
What about information not covered by the Publication Scheme?
From 1 January 2005 you have the right, under the FOI, to request any information held by a public authority, which it has not already made available through its publication scheme.
Requests should be made in writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org and, in general, public authorities will have 20 working days to respond. They may charge a fee, which will be calculated according to Fees Regulations. They will not be required to release information to which an exemption in the Act legitimately applies. However, public authorities may be required to explain to the applicant why they are not releasing information and they may also have to justify this to the Information Commissioner.