Freedom of Information
This page contains information regarding the College’s Freedom of Information Publication Scheme and the Guide to Information.
This page provides details of the Publication Scheme adopted at the YMCA Wales Community College (the College) in order to fulfil its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
It sets out the kinds of information provided under the scheme, how to access the information, any charges that made be incurred and what to do if information cannot be accessed through the scheme.
Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires the College, as a public authority, to make available the information it holds unless an exemption applies.
It is required to maintain a Publication Scheme which describes the information it will routinely make available to the public. It must also maintain a guide to information which should specify the documents available, the format in which they are provided and any charges related to making them available.
Information made available through the Publication Scheme should be routinely available. If information is not readily accessible e.g. through this website, requests for copies of/access to the information should normally be dealt with within 5 working days.
The College must also respond to written requests from individuals for information that is not covered by the Publication Scheme. Requests for this type of information should normally be dealt with within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner has also provided a Definition Document for Further Education which gives examples of the kinds of information a College of Further Education is expected to provide in order to meet their commitments under the model publication scheme. This can be viewed
here : ICO Definition Document.
In adopting the model scheme, the College is committed to making the following classes of information available:
Who we are and what we do.
Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.
What we spend and how we spend it.
Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.
What our priorities are and how we are doing.
Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.
How we make decisions.
Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, consultations, internal criteria and procedures.
Our policies and procedures.
Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
Lists and Registers.
Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.
The Services we Offer.
Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered.
The classes of information will not generally include:
- Information, the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure.
- Information in draft form.
- Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is difficult to access for similar reasons.