The Freedom of Information Act came into force at the beginning of 2005 and encourages greater openness and transparency across the whole public sector. The Act provides individuals or organisations with the right to request information held by a public authority (this includes Egerton Parish Council – EPC).
From 2009, the Act obliges public authorities, including parish councils, to adopt an approved Publication Scheme. The intention of such a scheme is to require authorities to make certain kinds of information routinely available to the public. EPC adopted the following scheme to take effect from January 2009.