A publication scheme is a document listing the information the College publishes and makes available to the public. This scheme commits Southern Regional College to making such information available as part of normal business activities and is a requirement under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Section 19 of the FOIA requires Public Authorities (i.e., Government and other public sector bodies, including Universities and Further Education Colleges) to produce "Publication Schemes", which are schedules of information to be routinely published by the Public Authorities.
In this context, ‘publish’ is defined as ‘to make information routinely available’.
The publication of information is designed to increase the transparency and accountability of the Public Authority by enabling members of the public to routinely access information relating to its functions. Information may be available via links to website information, documents and where possible it should be made available in a re-usable format (dataset).