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 PSR, Biographies 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
What our priorities and how we are doing
Information about our strategies and plans, performance indicators, inspections and reviews.
How we make decisions
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 conduct, employee 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
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: