Guide to Information
Standards Commission's Guide to Information (Publication Scheme.)
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:
- publish the classes of information that they make routinely available: and
- tell the public how to access the information and whether information is available free of charge or if a payment is due what charges will be applied.
The Standards Commission for Scotland ("the Standards Commission") adopted the Model Publication Scheme 2015 produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner and this was approved on 10/07/2015.
The purpose of this Guide to Information is to:
- allow you to see what information is available (and what is not), in relation to each class;
- state what charges may be applied;
- explain how to find the information easily
- provide contact details for enquiries and getting help with accessing the information; and
- explain how to request the information we hold where this has not been published.
Availability and formats
The information we publish under the Model Publication Scheme arrangement is, wherever possible, available on our website. We offer alternative arrangements for people who do not want to, or cannot, access the information from our website or by inspection at our offices, on request. For example, we can arrange for the information to be sent as a paper copy, however, there may be a charge for this.
We will publish or provide confirmation that we hold information which falls within the classes of information detailed below. If a document contains information that is exempt under Scotland’s Freedom of Information legislation (for example sensitive personal information or a trade secret), we may remove or blank out (redact) that information before publication. If so, we will provide an explanation about why such action has been taken.
Copyright and re-use
Where we hold the copyright in our published information, the information may be copied or reproduced without formal permission, provided that:
• it is copied or reproduced accurately;
• it is not used in a misleading context; and
• the source of the material is identified.
Where we do not hold the copyright for the information we publish we will make that clear.
This section explains when we might apply a charge for our publications and how these charges will be calculated.
There is no charge to view information displayed on our website or at our office.
We may charge for the costs incurred in providing information such as postage and / or photocopying. The cost of suppling information will be no more than the actual cost of producing copies of that information. We will always tell you what the cost will be to provide copies of information before it is supplied to you.
We will apply the charges detailed below when providing photocopies of documents:
Size of paper
Per single sided copy
(black and white)
Per single sided copy
Information can be provided on a USB Memory stick based on the actual cost of purchasing this item (approximately £4.50 per stick).
Postage costs will be charged at the rate we pay to send this information.
When providing copies of pre-printed publications, we will charge no more than the cost per copy, pro rata, of the total print run.
We will not pass on any costs to you in relation to our published information.
This charging schedule does not apply to our commercial publications (see Class 8 below). These items are offered for sale through retail outlets such as book shops, academic journal websites or museum shops and their price reflects a ‘market value’ which may include the associated production costs.
Contact the Standards Commission
You can contact us for assistance with any aspect of this publication scheme:
We will advise you about how to ask for information that the we do not publish or how to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of this publication scheme.
The classes of information that we publish
We will publish information within the following classes. Once information is published under a class we will continue to make it available for the current and previous two financial years. Where information is updated or superseded, only the current version will be available on the website. If you would like to see previous versions you should send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
The classes are:-
A pdf version of our Publication Scheme is available here.
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