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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives the public a general right of access to recorded information held by public authorities but there are exemptions. For the purpose of FOIA, the government has designated the PSR as a public authority.

Anyone can make a FOIA request to the PSR. FOIA is enforced by an independent body, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

PSR Publication Scheme

We are committed to proactively and regularly publishing information on our website. Under FOIA we are required to publish and maintain a publication scheme setting out:

  • the types of information we will publish
  • the way in which the information will be published
  • whether or not we will charge for providing the information

We have applied the principles of the ICO’s model publication scheme to our website and provided information in the seven categories listed below. Information on our website is free of charge, except where the information will be used commercially (Re-use of PSR information).

Note: We share some of the processes mentioned with the FCA, these have been highlighted (FCA).

Who we are and what we do

Organisational information, structures, careers at the PSRBiographies of our Executive team and Management Board members, information about the legal basis for our activities, and information about how to contact us is included in this section.

What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit. Our financial statements and budget.

What our priorities and how we are doing

Information about our strategies and plans, performance indicators, inspections and reviews.

How we make decisions

Decision making processes and records of decisions. Consultations, summary minutes of PSR Board meetings and internal guidance are included in this section.

Our policies and procedures

Current written protocols some that we follow when delivering our services and responsibilities. This section includes our policies and procedures for providing our services, and for the recruitment and employment of staff (FCA), our complaints procedure, data protection (FCA), code of conductemployee handbook (FCA) and our records management policy (FCA).

Lists and registers

Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to our functions. This section includes our disclosure log and a summary of expenses claimed by our managing director and executive members of the PSR's board.

The services we offer

Advice and guidance, the purpose of the PSR, who we regulate, and media releases. A description of the services we offer.

For further information on publication scheme requirements under FOIA, see Model publication scheme on the ICO’s website.

To comment on the PSR’s Publication Scheme:

PSRpublication.scheme@psr.org.uk