About the Publication Scheme

About the Scheme

Introduction

The London Borough of Camden (the Council) provides a large number of services to residents, visitors, and businesses. These services are set out in the A-Z guide to council services and information on our website and a hard copy is also available in Council libraries. To support these services and help people get access to them, we also produce a wide range of information in various formats.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right, and places a number of obligations on public authorities. A ‘public authority’ is defined in the Act, and includes but is not restricted to central and local government, non-departmental public bodies, the police, the health service, and schools, colleges and universities. 

Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information and, subject to exemptions, supplied with that information. The Data Protection Act 1998 gives individuals the right to access information held about them by any organisation. 

Every public authority is required to adopt and maintain a publication scheme setting out the classes of information it holds, the manner in which it makes available the information, and whether a charge is made for the information.  The purpose of a scheme is to ensure a significant amount of information is available, without the need for a specific request. Schemes are intended to encourage organisations to publish more information proactively and to develop a greater culture of openness.

About our Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information Act encourages public authorities to make as much information as possible available to the public proactively.

Under the Act, we are required to adopt a publication scheme which contains information we routinely make available, and ensure that information is published in accordance with the scheme.

Publication schemes explain what information is routinely made available to you, where and when that information is available and whether there will be a charge for the information.

We make a significant amount of information available under our scheme. One of its benefits is that it makes information easily accessible and without charge. This means that, in many cases, the information you are looking for will already be available and there will be no need for you to make a formal request under the Act.

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