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Freedom of information

Publication scheme

This publication scheme commits Harrow Council to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities.

The scheme commits Harrow Council:

  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, which is held by the Council and falls within the classifications below.
  • To produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.
  • To review and update on a regular basis the information the Council makes available under this scheme.
  • To produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information.

Method of publication

We will indicate clearly what information is covered by this scheme and how it can be obtained.

Where it is within our capability, we will provide the information on our website and/or web links within this document.

Where it is impracticable to make information available on our website or when an individual does not wish to access the information by the website, we will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.

In exceptional circumstances some information may be available only by viewing in person. Where this manner is specified, contact details will be provided.

An appointment to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.

Information will be provided in the language in which it is held or in such other language that is legally required.

Where we are legally required to translate any information, we will do so. Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms and formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with this scheme.

Fees and charges

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 us for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.

Material which is published and accessed on our website will be provided free of charge. Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament. 

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 the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by the Council, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or 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 the terms of the regulations made under section 11 B of the Freedom of Information Act, of with others statutory powers of the Council.

If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.

Written Requests

Information held by us that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Before considering making a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, please take a look at the information contained in the Disclosure Log.