Under the Freedom of Information Act it is the duty of every public authority to adopt and maintain a publication scheme. Publication schemes facilitate the proactive release of information and play a crucial role in supporting and providing greater openness and transparency across the public sector. The Information Commissioner has approved a new model publication scheme which should be adopted by all public authorities and will be effective from 1 January 2009.  Meltham Town Council adopted the New Model Publication Scheme 2008 at the Council Meeting on 10 November 2008 Minute 08/63. 


The model scheme document can be obtained from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) Web site at



The new scheme requires that Council sets out what information the Town Council will publish and make available to the public in a document called A GUIDE TO PROACTIVELY PUBLISHED INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC. This Guide was adopted by Meltham Town Council at the Council Meeting on Monday 12 January 2009 Minute 09/93 and you can view it by clicking here