Classes of Information Available under the West Lothian Council Publication Scheme 2017

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).

Where information has been updated or superseded, only the current version will be available. If you would like to see previous versions, you may make a request to us for that information.

CLASS 1: ABOUT WEST LOTHIAN COUNCIL

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Information about West Lothian Council who we are, where to find us, how to contact us, how we are managed and our external relations is available from the Council Information pages on the council's website.

CLASS 2: HOW WE DELIVER OUR FUNCTIONS AND SERVICES

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Information about our work, our strategy and policies for delivering functions and services and information for our service users. 

The majority of council services are accessible via the front page of the council's website, including quick links to functions that cover all services on how to Pay for it, Apply for it , Request it and Report it .  There is a search facility on all pages of the website that directs users to relevant web pages based on key words. The website also includes a list of Associated Organisations and Partnerships and Community councils .

CLASS 3: HOW WE TAKE DECISIONS AND WHAT WE HAVE DECIDED

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Information about the decisions we take, how we make decisions and how we involve others.

All information relating to council minutes, meetings and agendas is available via the Council Information System (CoIns): Council minutes, meetings and agendas . There are also specific web pages related to Consultations and Performance .

CLASS 4: WHAT WE SPEND AND HOW WE SPEND IT

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Information about our strategy for, and management of, financial resources (in sufficient detail to explain how we plan to spend public money and what has actually been spent). West Lothian Council's Annual Accounts outline the financial position of the Council at the end of each financial year.

CLASS 5: HOW WE MANAGE OUR HUMAN, PHYSICAL AND INFORMATION RESOURCES

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Information about how we manage the human, physical and information resources:

Human Resources contains information relating to The council's People Strategy, Policies Procedures & Guidance, Learning and Development etc.

Web pages relating to Accessing Information can be found the council's website.  This includes information relating to Records Management, Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

CLASS 6: HOW WE PROCURE GOODS AND SERVICES FROM EXTERNAL PROVIDERS

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Information about how we procure goods and services, and our contracts with external providers Public procurement is the process by which public bodies acquire goods, services and works from third parties to meet customer and service user needs. Procurement covers all activities from identification of a requirement through to the end of the useful life or disposal of an asset.

The council procures a diverse range of supplies, services and works.

For example, stationery, electricity and even the construction of a new school. All information related to procurement is contained on the council website: Doing Business With the Council

CLASS 7: HOW WE ARE PERFORMING

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Information about how we perform as an organisation, and how well we deliver our functions and services can be accessed on pages relating to Performance on the council website.

CLASS 8: OUR COMMERCIAL PUBLICATIONS

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Information on publications packaged and made available for sale may be found on our web page on Icon for pdf Local History Publications [37.1KB] .

CLASS 9:OPEN DATA

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We aim to make increasing amounts of our data freely and widely available via these webpages. West Lothian Council has adopted the UK government's approach to Open Data Standards in that data should be published to a minimum of 3 stars in the Government's 5 star rating scheme

This means our data is easily accessible and available to re-use as required under the Open Government Licence.  We are working hard to ensure all our published datasets meet this standard.

Throughout the councils website all text documents are presented and downloadable in pdf/odf format and spreadsheets are in .csv format.