Publicly Available Information
In this section:
- General Questions
- Questions about the Publication Scheme
- Questions about other requests for Information
- Records management
- Information for website owners
- Further Information
What is the Freedom of Information Act?
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) will be brought fully into force, across the public sector, on 1 January 2005. The Act includes a number of obligations for public authorities, including the College for the purposes of this Act, and extends the public's rights of access to information. For the College, this means that, from that date, members of the public will have a statutory right to request (with some minor limitations) any information held by the College, regardless of when it was created, by whom, or the form in which it is now recorded.
The obligations upon the College within the Act can loosly be divided into two parts:
The College is required to have a Publication Scheme which sets out the information it is committing to make publically available. The College's Publication becomes "live" on 29 February 2004.
The second part of the Act means that from January 2005 the public, including other corporate bodies, will have the right to make a request for any other information not already published under the Publication Scheme.
What is a Publication Scheme and when does it come into effect?
Under the Freedom of Information Act, the College must produce a publication scheme as a guide to the information the College has committed itself to publishing. Its purpose is to ensure that the College, classed as a Public Authority for this Act, makes as much information as possible publicly available. The Publication Scheme itself will take effect from 29 February 2004, by which date the College must have made available (either on its website or in some other form) all the information included on its approved Publication Scheme.