Scampton Parish Council – PUBLICATION SCHEME


This publication scheme has been prepared and approved by the Information Commissioner for use by parish/town councils.

This publication scheme commits Scampton Parish Council to make information available to the

public as part of its normal business activities.  The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below, where this information is held by the Council. Additional assistance is provided to the definition of these classes in sector specific guidance manuals issued by the Information Commissioner.

The scheme commits Scampton Parish Council:

• To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by the Council and falls within the classifications below.

• To specify the information which is held by the Council and falls within the classifications


• To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme.

• To produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.

• To review and update on a regular basis the information the Council makes available under this scheme.

• To produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available.

• To make this publication scheme available to the public.

• To publish any dataset held by the Council that has been requested, and any updated versions it holds, unless the Council is satisfied that it is not appropriate to do so; to publish the dataset, where reasonably practicable, in an electronic form that is capable of re-use; and, if any information in the dataset is a relevant copyright work and the public authority is the only owner, to make the information available for re-use under the terms of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015, if they apply, and otherwise under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act section 19.  (The term ‘dataset’ is defined in section 11(5) of the Freedom of Information Act. The term ‘relevant copyright work’ is defined in section 19(8) of that Act )

Classes of information

  • Who we are and what we do
  • Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.
  • What we spend and how we spend it
  • Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.
  • What our priorities are and how we are doing
  • Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.
  • How we make decisions
  • Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.
  • Our policies and procedures
  • Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
  • Lists and registers
  • Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.
  • The services we offer
  • Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases.
  • A description of the services offered.

The classes of information will not generally include:

• Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure.

• Information in draft form.

• Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is difficult to access for similar reasons.

The method by which information published under this scheme will be made available

The Council will indicate clearly to the public what information is covered by this scheme and how it can be obtained.

Where it is within the capability of the Council, information will be provided on their website.

Where it is impracticable to make information available on a website or when an individual does not wish to

access the information by the website, the Council will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.

In exceptional circumstances some information may be available only by viewing in person. Where this manner is specified, contact details will be provided. An appointment to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.

Information will be provided in the language in which it is held or in such other language that is legally required. Where an authority is legally required to translate any information, it will do so.

Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms and formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with this scheme.

Charges which may be made for information published under this scheme.

The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public. Charges made by the Council for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.

Material which is published and accessed on a website will be provided free of charge.

Charges and fees

Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament.

Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as:

• Photocopying

• postage and packaging

• the costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information

Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised, they are in all the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees which is readily available to the public.

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 of the public authority.

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 the information.

Written requests

Information held by a public authority that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Requests for information should be made to the Parish Clerk by email or in writing by post to Scampton Parish Council, Barbara Young Parish Clerk, West View, Aisthorpe, Lincoln, LN1 2SG.


You can use our website to obtain information for no charge by us.

If there is something missing that we can still provide online we will update the website so you can access it.

Some documents and information can only be provided in electronic format but not on the website.  We may have to purchase a storage device, packaging and post it to you (if applicable) so there may be costs incurred which you will be advised about to decide if you wish to proceed.

If we can only provide information or documents to you in a hard copy format we will advise you of the expected costs before we can provide the information.  Typical photocopying/printing costs are estimated to be 50p per A4 sheet per side, A3 copying and printing £1 per sheet per side (cost may be higher for colour copying/printing) plus postage and packaging (if applicable)


Information to be published

How the information can be obtained

Class1 – Who we are and what we do

(Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts)

This will be current information only

Website and/or
Hard Copy

Who’s who on the Council and its Committees

Website/Hard Copy

Contact details for Parish Clerk and Council members

Website/Hard Copy

Class 2 – What we spend and how we spend it

(Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit)

Current and previous financial year as a minimum

Website/ Hard Copy

Annual return form and report by auditor

Website/Hard Copy

Finalised budget

Website/Hard Copy


Website/Hard Copy

Borrowing Approval letter

Hard Copy (if applicable)

Financial Standing Orders and Regulations

Website/Hard copy

Grants given and received

Website/Hard Copy

List of current contracts awarded and value of contract

Website/Hard Copy

Members’ allowances and expenses

Website/Hard copy

Class 3 – What our priorities are and how we are doing
(Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews)

Website and/or
Hard Copy

Parish Plan (current and previous year as a minimum)

Website/Hard Copy

Annual Report to Parish Meeting (current and previous year as a minimum)

Website/Hard copy

Quality status


Local charters drawn up in accordance with DCLG guidelines


Class 4 – How we make decisions

(Decision making processes and records of decisions)

Current and previous council year as a minimum

Website and/or Hard copy

Timetable of meetings (Council, any committee/sub-committee meetings and parish meetings)

Website/Hard Copy

Agendas of meetings (as above)

Website/Hard Copy

Minutes of meetings (as above) – NB this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting.

Website/Hard Copy

Reports presented to council meetings – NB this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting.

Hard Copy

Responses to consultation papers

Hard Copy

Responses to planning applications

These are shown on East Lindsey District Council website.



Class 5 – Our policies and procedures

(Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities)

Current information only


Website/Hard Copy

Policies and procedures for the conduct of council business:

  • Procedural standing orders
  • Committee and sub-committee terms of reference
  • Delegated authority in respect of Parish Clerk
  • Code of Conduct
  • Policy statements


Website/Hard Copy
Website/Hard Copy
Website/Hard copy
Website/Hard Copy
Website/Hard Copy

Policies and procedures for the provision of services and about the employment of staff:

  • Internal policies relating to the delivery of services
  • Equality and diversity policy
  • Health and safety policy
  • Recruitment policies (including current vacancies)
  • Policies and procedures for handling requests for information
  • Complaint procedures (including those covering requests for information and operating the publication scheme)



Hard Copy
Hard Copy
Hard Copy
Hard Copy

Website/Hard Copy

Website/Hard Copy

Information security policy

Website/Hard Copy

Records management policies (records retention, destruction and archive)

Website/Hard Copy

Data protection policies

Website/Hard Copy

Schedule of charges (for the publication of information)

Website/Hard Copy

Class 6 – Lists and Registers

Currently maintained lists and registers only

Hard copy

Some information may only be available by Inspection

Any publicly available register or list (if any are held this should be publicised; in most circumstances existing access provisions will suffice)

Hard copy

Assets Register

Hard copy

Disclosure log (indicating the information that has been provided in response to requests; recommended as good practice, but may not be held by parish councils)


Register of members’ interests

The Register is held by West Lindsey  District Council and entries for Parish Councillors are shown on the website.

Register of gifts and hospitality

Hard copy

Class 7 – The services we offer

(Information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters produced for the public and businesses)

Current information only

Hard copy

Some information may only be available by Inspection



Burial grounds and closed churchyards

Website/ Hard Copy

Community centres and village halls


Parks, playing fields and recreational facilities


Seating, litter bins, clocks, memorials and lighting

Hard copy

Bus shelters

Hard copy



Public conveniences


Agency agreements


A summary of services for which the council is entitled to recover a fee, together with those fees (e.g. burial fees)

Website/ Hard Copy

Any other Additional Information

Upon request by hard copy if available






Disbursement cost

Photocopying @ 50p per A4 sheet (black & white)

Photocopying @ £1 per A3 sheet (black & white)

Actual cost



Actual cost of Royal Mail standard 2nd class

Freedom of Information Request

An additional charge may be made if the cost to the Parish Council for retrieval and collation is unreasonable.



The Council would normally expect the Clerk to understand what information you have asked for and be able to tell you where you can find it. If the information you receive is not what you asked for or need, you should first contact the Clerk.  If the information is not available you will be told why.

If you believe that the Council has not dealt with your request fairly and cannot deal with it satisfactorily on an informal basis, you should follow our complaints procedure.  You can get details of this procedure from the parish council’s website or the Clerk .

If you have followed our complaints procedure and are still not happy with how we have dealt with your request, you may also contact the Information Commissioner to ask them to investigate this matter further.


This policy was adopted by Scampton Parish Council at the Council meeting on 18th May 2023

Next Review Date: May 2024