The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) requires every public authority to adopt and maintain a publication scheme which has been approved by the Information Commissioner and to publish information in accordance with the scheme.
As of January 2009 there will be one approved model scheme which needs to be adopted by all authorities. The scheme lists information under seven broad classes and a guide to the information available to the public under the scheme will be produced.
Chichester City Council acknowledges the duty placed upon it by the FOIA to adopt and maintain a publication scheme and therefore the City Council resolved to adopt the Model Publication Scheme 2008 (PDF download) on Wednesday 3 December 2008.
The FOIA is intended to promote a culture of openness and accountability and allows any member of the public to enquire how Chichester City Council carries out its duties, make decisions and spends public money.
Rodney Duggua, Town Clerk, will be responsible for maintaining the Scheme and should be contacted either by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 01243 788502 if you have any queries concerning the City Council’s compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.