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Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires all public authorities to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme. The purpose of a Publication Scheme is to ensure that authorities make as much information available as possible to the general public.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s Publication Scheme provides details of the information that is published automatically or routinely by the Council.
It is categorised under the following headings:

Constitution and Democracy 
Finance and Audit
Priorities and Performance
Decision Making
Policies and Procedures
Lists and Registers
Council Services

The Council has included information which will be of interest to the people of the Borough.

Constitution And Democracy - Who Are We And What We Do

Council Constitution
Council Democratic Structure
Current Elected Members Details
Election Results
Organisational Charts and Contact Details of customer-facing departments
Locations and Opening times of Council Offices

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council's relationship with other Local Authorities:
Twinning
Unitary Authority
Partnerships
Outside Bodies

Finance And Audit - What We Spend And How We Spend It

Financial Statements, budgets and Variance Reports
Capital Programme
Spending Reviews
Members Allowances and Expenses
Contracts Register

Priorities And Performance - What Our Priorities Are And How We Are Doing

Annual Reports Social Services
Annual Performance Report
Strategies and business plans for services provided by the council
Economic development action plan
Forward plan
Capital strategy
Best value performance indicators
Local Area Agreements
Statistical information produced in accordance with the council’s and departmental requirements
Fileplans
Corporate Plan
Datasets - These are included within the Councils Disclosure Log.

Decision Making - How We Make Decisions

Timetable of council meetings
Agendas, officers reports, background papers and minutes of council committee, subcommittee and standing forum meetings
Major policy proposals and decisions
Public consultations

Policies And Procedures - Current Written Protocols For Delivering Our Services

Personal Data Policies
Records Management Policy
Pay policy statement
Policies and procedures about the recruitment and employment of staff

Lists And Registers - Public Registers And Registers Held As Public Records

Asset registers and Information asset register
CCTV
Disclosure log
Register of councillors financial and other interests
Planning
Rights of Way
Roads, Highways and Pavements
Licences
Register of electors

Council Services - Information About The Services The Council Provides

Regulatory and licensing responsibilities
Services for local businesses
Services for other organisations

Services for members of the public:
Health and Social Care
Community and Living
Education and Learning
Transport and Streets
Culture and Leisure
Tourism
Leaflets, booklets and newsletters
Advice and guidance
Media releases
Election information


If you are unable to locate the information you require within the Publication Scheme please do not hesitate to submit a request for information to the Councils Freedom of Information Officer at FOI@merthyr.gov.uk or complete an online request form, for general requests use the FOI request form. These requests are processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you are requesting environmental information please use the Council’s EIR request form. These requests are processed in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please be aware that much of the information held by the Council is personal and private to individuals. If you would like to request your personal information please use the Councils subject access request form. These requests are considered under the Data Protection Act 1998.

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