Cambourne Parish Council has always strived to be an ‘open’ authority and will continue to seek ways of being more open for the benefit of its residents.
The Freedom of information Act 2000 (FOIA) received Royal Assent on 30th November 2000. Under this act 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 intends to publish the information and whether a charge will be made for the information. With effect from 1 January 2009 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is changing the emphasis to a generic model.
It is the duty of the Parish Council to provide good quality services at an acceptable cost, to continually improve the delivery of public services and to marshal such services across its entire area.
What is the Publication Scheme?
The aim of the Scheme is to provide guidance to the public on what information is available and how to obtain it. The information is broken down into ‘Classes’ to reflect the types of activities in which the Parish Council is involved. The information will be formally published as printed material, electronic format or available through the website.
It is expected over time that the amount of information available will increase and additional classes will be added. At the present time, the Classes have been grouped into the following categories: –
- 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
- Our policies and procedures
- Lists and Registers
- The services we offer
- Additional information
It is Cambourne Parish Council’s policy to be as open as possible. However, not all information can be made available to the public. Information will be made available where the law allows, except where it is considered that the release of that information will cause significant harm or prejudice. Information (including that listed in this document) will be withheld from publication in whole or in part where it is considered by the Parish Council that disclosure may harm or prejudice law enforcement, legal proceedings or the administration of justice; or may infringe the privacy, personal, commercial, contractual or other confidences of any person or otherwise infringe their rights; or because disclosure is otherwise prohibited by law. In such cases the Parish Council will withhold the information and indicate the relevant exemption under the appropriate legislation. If you wish to complain about the information having been withheld you are referred to the section on ‘Complaints Procedures’.
Access to Information
All information listed in the Publications Scheme can be viewed by contacting:
The Parish Clerk
The Parish Office
Tel: 01954 714403
All information not covered by an exemption will ordinarily be released to the applicant within 20 working days of receipt of the request, unless it is necessary to issue a fees notice (see below for details).
The majority of cases will not attract charges other than those set out in the scheme for photocopying, postage etc. However, if the request for information is likely to exceed the Appropriate Limit (which is deemed to be 18 hours of staff time) a charge will be made of £25.00 per hour plus expenses for any additional time above 18 hours.
The applicant will be issued with a Fees Notice and must pay the costs specified therein within a period of three months. The Parish Council is under no obligation to supply the information requested until the applicant has paid the requisite amount. If the costs are not paid within three months then the request lapses.
The Parish Clerk will, in the first instance, consider all request for the release of information and issue a Fees Notice if appropriate.
Any complaints concerning the publication scheme should be forwarded to either:
The Parish Clerk or the Parish Chairman
The Parish Office
Tel: 01954 714403