The Model Publication Scheme
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires all local councils to publish information about their business and make that information easily accessible to the community. To help define what must be made available the Information Commissioner approved a 'Model Publication Scheme' which all local authorities had to adopt by 1st January 2009 or be in breach of the Act. The Parish Council adopted the scheme in its entirety in December 2008.
The Model Publication Scheme sets a standard model for all Parish and Community Councils in general. For St Nicholas and Sarre some of the information requirements are simply not relevant and have been marked 'not applicable'. Conversely the Council feels that other information not specified in the model scheme should be made available to the public and has therefore included it in its own scheme.
Click on the following link to view the Council's publication scheme to see the classes of information available and how it can be accessed.
Whilst the information is available from the Clerk to the Council (contact details in the panel to the left of this screen) and at the Post Office in St Nicholas, almost all of the information is available here on the web site.
1. Who we are and what we do
2. What we spend and how we spend it
3. What our priorities are and how we're doing
4. How we make decisions
5. Lists and Registers
6. The services we offer
7. Schedule of charges for information provided