The Freedom of Information Act requires every public authority to have a Publication Scheme, approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is the UK’s independent body established to uphold information rights.
The Scheme sets out our commitment to make certain classes of information routinely available, such as policies and procedures, minutes of meetings, and financial information. The information we release in accordance with the Publication Scheme represents the minimum we must disclose.
If a member of the public wants information not listed in the Scheme, they can still ask for it by submitting a freedom of information request.
Thanet District Council routinely publishes information about us, our spending, our priorities, our decisions, our policies and procedures, information in lists and registers, and about our services. This section helps you to find that information made up of the following categories:
|Who we are and what we do
|Information about the Council, how it is structured and how decisions are made.
|What we spend and how we spend it
|Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit. Our financial statements and budgets, and information about our pay and grading structure is included in this section.
|What our priorities are and how are we doing
|Information about our strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews. Our corporate plan and annual reports are included in this section.
|How we make decisions
|Decision making processes and records of decisions. Public consultations, minutes of senior level meetings and internal guidance are included in this section.
|Our policies and procedures
|Current written protocols that we follow when delivering our services and responsibilities. This section includes our policies and procedures for providing our services and for the recruitment and employment of staff, our complaints procedure and our records management policy.
|Lists and registers
|Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to our functions.
|Services we provide
|Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered.
Charges which may be made for information published under this scheme
Listing the information we hold in this scheme format creates transparency around our activities and accessible across the website free of charge.
Where the information is requested by other methods, charges may be made for:
- postage and packaging
- the costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information
Charges may also be made for making datasets (or parts of datasets) that are relevant copyright works available for re-use. These charges will be in accordance with the terms of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015, where they apply, or with regulations made under section 11B of the Freedom of Information Act, or with other statutory powers we hold.
If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of