Guide to the West Lothian Council Publication Scheme 2017

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme.

Authorities are under a legal obligation to:

  • publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
  • tell the public how to access the information they publish and whether information is available free of charge or on payment

West Lothian Council has adopted a Publication Scheme in line the with the Scottish Information Commissioners Icon for pdf Model Publication Scheme (2016) [106.06KB].  

The scheme makes information available to the public via the council's web site.  The scheme can be accessed at the following address: https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/publicinfo.

The Classes of Information page provides more details on the information available under the scheme along with additional guidance, where relevant, on how the information falling within each "class" may be accessed.

Unless otherwise indicated, all information contained within our publication scheme is available from us free of charge where it can be downloaded from our website or where it can be sent to you electronically by email. However, please refer to our sections on Copyright and Charges where either may apply.

We will also be pleased to advise you on how to access Other Information that we do not publish or how to request Information not available under the scheme

You may contact the council at the address below to request a copy of information published.  However, this may be subject to a charge which can be found in the Charges section of this guide.

Please refer to the Complaints section if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the publication scheme.

Customer Services
West Lothian Council
West Lothian Civic Centre
Howden South Road
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 6FF
Email:  customer.service@westlothian.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01506 280000

Information available under our publication scheme will normally be available through the routes described below.
Unless otherwise indicated, all information contained within our publication scheme is available from us free of charge where it can be downloaded from our website or where it can be sent to you electronically by email.
We publish information online that we hold within the following classes. Once information is published under a class, we will continue to make it available for the current and previous two financial years (where available).
Complaints about the publication scheme
West Lothian Council holds the copyright for the vast majority of information in this publication scheme.
If the information you are seeking is not available under this publication scheme, then you may wish to request it from us. The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) provides you with a general right of access to the information that we hold, subject to certain exemptions.
There is a range of other information which is available from the council which is not "published" via the publication scheme. It cannot be requested under the scheme, but the council will still facilitate access to it.