CPALC (Communities, Parish and Local Councils) believes that publication of all town and parish council information specified under the FOI Act should be mandatory.

There is a general reluctance to publish information and a lack of transparency by town and parish councils to provide residents with information.  The FOI (Freedom of Information) Act is widely misunderstood or ignored by many town and parish councils.

Whilst the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities is a step in the right direction it has and is resulting in confusion for residents.

It seems government is intent on creating 3 levels of town and parish councils. Those “with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000” those with “a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is higher) exceeding £200,000” and of course those caught in the between these thresholds. Source DCLG

This lack of clarity needs addressing to avoid further foot dragging by some town and parish councils.

Town and Parish councils MUST comply with the FOI Act which overrides some of the restrictions within the 1972 Local Government Act.

The right to view and access council information is mandatory under the FOI Act. There is NO requirement to publish information only a requirement to publish the FOI Act publication schema itself.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: "I'd like to make freedom of information redundant, by pushing out so much data that people won't have to ask for it."

To support this proposal please contact Greg Clark and...

  • Request that All Town and parish Councils have a statutory duty to publish all information detailed in the FOI Act publication schema on a website.

Email Greg Clark M.P. Here gregclarkmp@parliament.uk

The  benefits...

  • Gives taxpayers easy access to information
  • Makes councils and councillors more contactable
  • Enhances the knowledge of and increases public confidence in their parish council
  • FOI Act compliance
  • Reduces the cost burden of FOI Act requests
  • Promotes information transparency and open government
  • Increases the personal security and safety of many parish clerks who work from home by removing the requirements for personal visits to the clerks home