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Guide to the Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

Our publication scheme gives you details of the range of information that we publish. It also tells you how you can get this information and if it will cost you anything.

This guide will:

  • let you see what information is available, as well as what isn't available, in each class
  • tell you if there will be any charge for the information
  • explain how to find the information
  • give you contact details for enquiries and for help if you need it
  • explain how to ask for information that we hold which has not been published

Availability and formats

Wherever possible we publish information on this website and some information can be inspected at Council offices. Some information can also be sent to you as a paper copy but you may be charged for this.

Exempt information

If a document contains information that is exempt under Scotland's freedom of information laws, for example sensitive personal information or a trade secret, we may remove or redact the information before publication but we will explain why.


Where we hold the copyright the information may be copied or reproduced without our permission, as long as:

  • it is copied or reproduced accurately
  • it is not used in a misleading context
  • the source of the material is identified

Where we do not hold the copyright in information we publish, we will make this clear.


There is no charge to view information at our offices except where there is a statutory fee, for example to access registers. We may charge you for things such as photocopying and postage, but we will only charge what it actually costs and we will always tell you what the cost is before giving you the information.

Our photocopying charge per sheet is as follows:

Black and white photocopying

Table of Publication Scheme photocopying charges
 Size of paper  Pence per sheet of paper
 A4  10p
 A3  15p

Colour photocopying

Photocopying table
 Size of paper  Pence per sheet of paper
 A4  30p
 A3  30p

Information provided on CD-ROM costs £1 per disk.

This charging schedule does not apply to our commercial publications (see class 8 below). These items are available in places such as book shops, academic journal websites or museum shops and their price may include the cost of production.

The classes of information

We publish information in the classes listed below.

Once information is published in a class it will be available for the current and previous two financial years.

Only the current version will be available if information has been updated or replaced. If you would like to see previous versions, you can request to do so. 

This Publication Scheme is provided under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and we have adopted the Scottish Information Commissioner's Model Publication Scheme.

Last Updated: 8 March 2019

Publication Scheme


South Lanarkshire Council
Council Offices, Floor 11
Almada Street
Email: Publication Scheme