Information and Datasets

Guide to Information, publication scheme and links to data

Guide to Information

As a result of the Publication Scheme Development and Maintenance Initiative the Information Commissioner's Office has introduced a model publication scheme that all public sector organisations should adopt from 1 January 2009.

The model scheme can be found in the downloads box, opposite.

This is Torridge's 'Guide to Information' which we intend to make 'interactive' with hyperlinks over the next few months.  In the meantime most of the information listed below can be found on our website (if required please use our search facility).  If you are unable to find the information, please contact us and we will be pleased to help.

Who we are and what we do

(Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts)

What we spend and how we spend it

(Financial information about projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit)

What our priorities are and how we are doing

(Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews)

How we make decisions

(Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations)

Our policies and procedures

(Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities)

Lists and registers

(Information held in registers required by statue and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority)

Public registers and registers held as public records

Services provided by the council

(Information about the services the council provides including leaflets, guidance and newsletters) - an A to Z of our Services is provided as a pdf download on the right of this page.  Alternatively you can use the interactive A to Z at the top of every page.

Torridge provide services including: environmental health, housing and council tax benefits, council tax collection, planning (development control), building control, waste collection and recycling, port health, role of the monitoring officer etc


Information about datasets that are available on our website:

Local Government Transparency Code

Mandatory information that the Government have instructed Council's to publish:

Information to be published quarterly

Information to be published Annually


Officer Delegated Decisions

Certain officers of the Council are empowered under the Council's constitution to make certain decisions which are recorded on-line to ensure openness and transparency in the Council's decision making.

A spreadsheet showing the Officer Delegation Decisions can be found here.

For Planning delegated decisions please visit www.torridge.gov.uk/planningonline

Fees and Charges

Generally material which is published and accessed electronically will be provided free of charge. Any charges made by Torridge for routinely published material will be justified and transparent. Charges will made for information subject to a charging regime approved by the council or by parliament and for any relevant expenditure incurred:

  • Photocopying documents not available for free on our website (will be charged at 10p per A4 side and 20p per A3 side, larger sizes - price on request, externally produced documents - actual price)
  • Postage and packaging (actual cost)
  • The viewing of information at our premises - any additional costs incurred (not including normal staff time)

If a charge is to be made confirmation of the payment due will be given prior to the information being provided. Payment will be requested prior to release of the information.

Making a Complaint

If you are unhappy that information within this scheme has not been made available, please write to the Freedom of Information Officer, Riverbank House, Bideford EX39 2QG. email: foi@torridge.gov.uk

Internal reviews will be conducted by either the Senior Solicitor or Governance Manager.

If you are not satisfied with our response you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision: FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution, Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF - www.ico.gov.uk

Further Information

For further information regarding our Publication Scheme please contact: Freedom of Information Officer, Riverbank House, Bideford EX39 2QG. email: foi@torridge.gov.uk