HR & Employment Services
South West Councils
Freedom of Information
The South West Resources Management Committee (RMC), on behalf of South West Councils is committed to working in an appropriately open and transparent way. Whilst not covered by the Freedom of Information Act, the RMC looks to the officers to strive to conform to the principles of freedom of information as far as practicable. By using existing systems and process we will aim to respond to all reasonable requests for information in an open and transparent fashion.
In delivering this commitment the RMC is mindful of the need to spend the limited resources available to the staff wisely in delivering the Business Plan commitments agreed by all the Members. The RMC will therefore expect the organisation to be mindful of the use of staff resources whilst trying to deal with enquiries. The RMC would expect the majority of requests to be dealt with by reference to the publicly available information on the website; through the Business Plan, Annual Report and other information produced.
Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)
The RMC is committed to working in an appropriately open and transparent way and would confirm to the principles of the EIR 2004.
Access to Information Policy
The RMC seeks to use internet technologies to provide open and low cost access to a wide range of information. The website - www.swcouncils.gov.uk- is therefore the main source for published information.
Detailed below are the main categories of information that the South West Councils makes available to members of the public on its website - www.swcouncils.gov.uk.
The schedule is not an approved Publication Scheme as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as the Secretariat has not been included within the Act and therefore cannot have such a Scheme approved by the Information Commissioner. Further information about the Act is available from the website - www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk
- Membership of the South West Councils
- Meeting Papers.
Includes archived meeting papers for the South West Leaders, South West Councils and its Business Committee and its Advisory Groups.
- Corporate Information
Includes: Constitution, Financial and Staffing information and Complaints Procedure
- Publications and Reports
Schedule of Fees for Printed Documents
If you are unable/would prefer not to access information via the website, we can supply hard copy but there will be a charge to cover costs. Fees include administration and postage; these are not deductable if copies are made and/or collected in person. These prices do not include VAT, which at present is not chargeable. Payment must be made in advance.
|Per A4 photocopied page, single or double sided|
|Up to 5 pages:||Free|
|11+ pages:||25p per page|
|Per year (April – March) or part year|
|A – Papers for all formal meetings||£50|
|B – Individual meetings of South West Councils||£35|
Requests for Information
South West Secretariat will seek to assist applicants with requests for information not covered by the classes of information described above. Requests should be made in writing to:
Senior Administrative Officer
11 Middle Street
Telephone: 01823 270101