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Publication Scheme

Details of the freedom of information publication scheme prepared by Wicklow County Council.

Wicklow County Council has prepared and published a publication scheme concerning the information of the Council in conformity with a model and guidelines made by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform under Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

The scheme came into effect on 14 April 2016.

Purpose of scheme

The scheme is designed to facilitate the provision of information to the greatest extent possible, except for information exempted under the Act, and in preparing, reviewing or revising a publication scheme, a freedom of information (FOI) body shall have regard to the public interest in:

  • Allowing public access to information held by the FOI body
  • The publication of reasons for decisions made by the FOI body
  • Publishing information of relevance or interest to the general public in relation to its activities and functions generally

Six information sets

Information will be provided under the following six headings:

A: Information about the FOI body

Who we are, what we do, organisational information, structures, locations and contacts.

  • Establishment of the organisation
  • Roles Responsibilities & Functions - See page four of Corporate Plan
  • Governance Arrangements
  • Management arrangements
  • Corporate Plans and Strategies
  • Annual Report
  • Organisation Structure - See page five of Corporate Plan
  • Pay Grading Structure
  • Location and contact details for the organisation
  • Links to agencies other bodies under the FOI body's remit
  • Details of Service Level Agreements/Memoranda of Understanding
  • Customer Charters
  • Codes of Practice
B. Services provided or to be provided to the public

The services we offer, details of functions and services that the organisation provides and the decision-making process.

  • Services provided for public including administration of an enactment/scheme (eg grant schemes)
  • How such services can be accessed
  • How much such services cost to access
  • Administration of such services
  • Review or appeal rights relating to such services
  • Research projects undertaken in respect of these functions/services
  • Archive Services
  • Arts Services
  • Arts - Artist Support Scheme
  • Arts - Artist Support Scheme, Groups and Organisations Bursaries & Arts Festival Fund Arts - Per Cent for Art Commissions
  • Civil Defence
  • Community Grants Community, Cultural and Social Development Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Environmental Services - Access to Information on the Environment (AIE)
  • Environmental Services - Burial Ground Charges
  • Environmental Services - Household Waste Collection Reform
  • Environmental Services - Landfill
  • Environmental Services - Local Agenda 21 Partnership Funding
  • Environmental Services - Recycling
  • Environmental Services - Well Grants
  • Film Commission Services
  • Fire Services
  • Fire Services - Charges
  • Franchise
  • Genealogy Services
  • Heritage Services
  • Heritage - Structures at Risk
  • Housing Services
  • Housing - Gas Boiler Installations
  • Housing - Incremental Purchase Scheme
  • Housing - Oil Boiler Servicing
  • Housing Grants
  • Housing Loans
  • Local Enterprise Office
  • Local Enterprise Office - Financial Supports
  • Library Services
  • Local Sports Partnership Services
  • Motor Tax
  • Planning Services
  • Recruitment
  • Road Safety
  • Roads Services
  • Roads - Community Involvement Scheme
  • Roads - Public Lighting
  • Veterinary Services
  • Waste Water Services
  • Water Services
C. Decision-making process for major policy proposals

How we make decisions on policies, decision-making processes and records of decisions.

  • Major policy proposals including any public consultation exercises
  • Background information relating to major policy proposals and decisions
  • Reports on the operation of public services by the FOI body
  • Expenditure reviews
  • Policy assessments
  • Major policy proposals including any public consultation exercises
D. Financial information

What we spend, financial information relating to income and expenditure.

F. FOI Disclosure Log and other information to be published routinely

FOI bodies publish the type of information listed below as appropriate, in addition to other information that would provide information to the public. For example:

  • FOI Disclosure Log
  • Reports
  • Commercial publications and relative charges
  • Information held by the body that is sought regularly