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Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all ‘public authorities' to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme. Under the Act, universities, further education colleges and sixth-form colleges are included as a 'public authority'.

 

What is a Publication Scheme?

A publication scheme is a document that describes the information a public authority publishes, or intends to publish. By this we mean information that the organisation intends to make routinely available. The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material updated. It is, however, the public authority's commitment to make available the information described.

A publication scheme must set out the classes, or categories, of information published. It must also make clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.

The ‘model' Publication Scheme for further education.

Hadlow College has adopted the model publication scheme developed for the further education sector and is therefore committed to publishing the information it describes.

This model is designed for further education colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The purpose of the model is to save institutions duplicating effort in producing individual schemes and to assist the public in accessing information from across the sector. However, to reflect the diversity in size and function of institution, a number of optional classes of information are included. As a result, models within the sector will vary slightly. Any optional classes relevant to us have been included in our scheme.

How do I get hold of information covered by the Publication Scheme?

The classes, or type, of information we publish are described in the scheme. Next to each class we have indicated the manner in which the information described will be available.

To request information available through our publication scheme, please contact in writing:

The Freedom of Information Officer
Hadlow College
Hadlow
Nr Tonbridge
Kent
TN11 0AL

Alternatively please e-mail the College

Please note that a publication scheme relates to ‘published' information. Therefore, material covered has already been prepared in a format ready for distribution. 

What about information not covered by the Publication Scheme?

From 1 January 2005 you have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by a public authority that it has not already made available through its publication scheme.

Requests have to be in a written format, either by letter, fax or e-mail. In general, public authorities have 20 working days to respond to your request. In some instances we may charge a fee dependent on the nature and the volume of the information requested.

We are not required to release information to which an exemption in the Act legitimately applies, such as disclosure of personal information for example. However, if for a legitimate reason we cannot release the information you are seeking then we will provide you with an explanation as to why this is.

Feedback

It is important that this publication scheme meets your needs. We also welcome suggestions as to how our scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to the Publication Scheme Co-ordinator below.

Associate Director, Central Operations
Hadlow College
Hadlow
Kent
TN11 0AL

If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the Freedom of Information Act:

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Further information

More information about the Freedom of Information Act is available on the Information Commissioner's website

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