Publication scheme

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Our publication scheme ensures that a significant amount of information is available without the need for a specific Freedom of Information request.  Information covered by the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) is also included.

What does our publication scheme cover?

Our Publication Scheme publishes information divided into the following seven classes, as recommended by the Information Commissioner (ICO):

1.     Who we are and what we do

Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts

2.     What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information about projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit

3.     What our priorities are and how we are doing

Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews

4.     Decision making processes and records of our decisions

Decision-making processes and records of decisions

5.     Our policies and procedures

Written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities

6.     Lists and registers (including datasets)

Registers held as public records

7.     Our services

Information about our services including leaflets, guidance and newsletters

Information not covered by our publication scheme

The following information is not usually made available by the council’s publication scheme:

  • Information prevented from disclosure by law or by an exemption under the FOIA, EIR or General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • Information in draft form
  • Information no longer readily available including that which has been archived or is difficult to access for similar reasons

Any information held by us that is not published in the scheme can be requested and its disclosure will be considered in accordance with the relevant legislation.


Unless otherwise stated all information in our online Publication Scheme is available free of charge.

Copyright and re-use of information

All information in our online Publication Scheme can be used for the requester’s own use but it cannot be used for other purposes, including commercial gain without our permission.

Please see our Access to Information Policy [PDF, 416Kb] for more information.


Any further questions in relation to the Publication Scheme should be addressed to the Information Governance Advisor via informtiongovernanceteam@northlincs.gov.uk.