Model Publication Scheme

The requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 require the Parish Council to adopt and maintain a publication scheme. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has developed and approved a Model Publication Scheme (MPS) that became operational on 1st January 2009. This MPS commits the Parish Council to produce and publish the method by which specified information held by the Parish Council will be made available.

To this end the information that is available has been listed below. The costs for providing the information is shown at the bottom of the page.

Information to be published How the information
can be obtained
Class1 - Who we are and what we do
(Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts)
This will be current information only.
N.B. Councils should already be publishing as much information as possible about how they can be contacted.
Who’s who on the Council and its Committees See the website.
Contact details for Parish Clerk and Council members (named contacts where possible with telephone number and email address (if used)) See the website.
Location of main Council office and accessibility details See the website.
Staffing structure Apply to the Clerk.
Class 2 – What we spend and how we spend it
(Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit)
Current and previous financial year as a minimum
Annual return form and report by auditor See the website.
Finalised budget See relevant minutes on the website.
Precept See relevant minutes on the website.
Borrowing Approval letter Not applicable.
Financial Standing Orders and Regulations See the website.
Grants given and received Apply to the Clerk.
List of current contracts awarded and value of contract Apply to the Clerk.
Members’ allowances and expenses Apply to the Clerk.
Class 3 – What our priorities are and how we are doing
(Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews)
Current and previous year as a minimum
Parish Plan (current and previous year as a minimum) Not applicable
Annual Report to Parish or Community Meeting (current and previous year as a minimum) Not applicable
Quality status Not applicable
Local charters drawn up in accordance with DCLG guidelines Not applicable
Class 4 – How we make decisions
(Decision making processes and records of decisions)
Current and previous council year as a minimum
Timetable of meetings (Council and any committee/sub-committee meetings and parish meetings) See the website.
Agendas of meetings (as above) See the website.
Minutes of meetings (as above) – n.b. this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting. See the website.
Reports presented to council meetings – n.b. this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting. Apply to the Clerk.
Responses to consultation papers Apply to the Clerk.
Responses to planning applications Apply to the Clerk.
Bye-laws Not applicable
Class 5 – Our policies and procedures
(Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities)
Current information only
Policies and procedures for the conduct of council business:

Procedural standing orders
Committee and sub-committee terms of reference
Delegated authority in respect of officers
Code of Conduct
Policy statements
See the website.
Policies and procedures for the provision of services and about the employment of staff:

Internal instructions to staff and policies relating to the delivery of services
Equality and diversity policy
Health and safety policy
Recruitment policies (including current vacancies)
Policies and procedures for handling requests for information
Complaints procedures (including those covering requests for information and operating the publication scheme)
Apply to the Clerk.
Information security policy Apply to the Clerk.
Records management policies (records retention, destruction and archive) Apply to the Clerk.
Data protection policies Apply to the Clerk.
Schedule of charges (for the publication of information) See below
Class 6 – Lists and Registers
Currently maintained lists and registers only
Any publicly available register or list (if any are held this should be publicised; in most circumstances existing access provisions will suffice) Not applicable
Assets register Not applicable
Disclosure log (indicating the information that has been provided in response to requests; recommended as good practice, but may not be held by parish councils) Not applicable
Register of members’ interests Apply to the Clerk
Register of gifts and hospitality Apply to the Clerk
Class 7 – The services we offer
(Information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters produced for the public and businesses)
Current information only
Allotments Not applicable
Burial grounds and closed churchyards Apply to the Clerk
Community centres and village halls Not applicable
Parks, playing fields and recreational facilities Apply to the Clerk
Seating, litter bins, clocks, memorials and lighting Apply to the Clerk
Bus shelters Not applicable
Markets Not applicable
Public conveniences Not applicable
Agency agreements Not applicable
Services for which the council is entitled to recover a fee, together with those fees (e.g. burial fees) Apply to the Clerk
Additional Information
This will provide Councils with the opportunity to publish information that is not itemised in the lists above
“Not applicable” indicates the council holds no information about the item.


Hard copy will be charged at 5.5p per A4 sheet. Postage will be charged as incurred.