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The Freedom of Information
Act requires all public authorities to produce a
publication scheme. The idea of the scheme is to let everyone know
the information the council makes available as a matter of
Medway Council's Publication
Scheme (pdf 257KB) identifies:
- information published by Medway Council
- how that information may be obtained
- any charge made for the information.
The information covered by the Act does not consist solely of
published printed material, it also includes information published
on this and other websites.
More information is available across this website, through the
navigation or search, including:
Request information listed in the scheme
The scheme identifies where information is
- on a website - in some cases a hypertext link will
direct you to the information
- by post - a request can be made in writing to the addresses set
out in the Scheme
- by telephone - when contact details are given in the
When requesting information you
- your name and address
- the information or documents you would like to access
- the format in which you would like them to be made available,
for example printed leaflet, email or electronic copy.
The council aims to provide information listed within the scheme
within five working days.
The council makes a wide range of printed information available
at no cost, but more substantial printed publications (normally
when a document exceeds 10 pages or multiple copies are
requested) are charged for and this is clearly indicated in the
Charges may also be made for postage and packaging.
Some information is excluded from publication and where
this is the case, the reasons behind the decision are stated
General correspondence sent or received by the council is
excluded throughout the scheme, as is all information relating to
private individuals because it is personal data
protected under the
Data Protection Act 1998.
In certain cases, a limit has been placed on the age of some
documents that will be made available under the Scheme.
Requesting other information
Under the Data Protection Act individuals may
request copies of their personal data held by the council.