Charges which may be made for information published under this scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public.  Charges made by the authority for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.

Material which is published and accessed on a website will be provided free of charge.

Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as:

•    photocopying
•    postage and packaging
•    the costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information

Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised, they are in all circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule for schedules of fees which is readily available to the public.

Charges may also be made for making datasets (or parts of datasets) that are relevant copyright works available for re-use. These charges will be in accordance with either regulations made under section 11B of the Freedom of Information Act or other enactments.

In addition, for any requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, any charges for staff time will be at £25 per hour (any charges for VAT are in addition to this).

If a charge is made, we will let you know.  Confirmation of payment due and how to pay will be given before the information is provided.  Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.

A schedule of fees is published towards the end of our Icon for pdf Budget Book [1.95MB] under the heading Fees and Charges > Corporate Business Services.

Our current photocopying charges are:

A4: 30 pence per page
A3: 40 pence per page