Publication scheme

One of the aims of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act is that public authorities should be clear and proactive about the information they make available to the public. These publication schemes are intended to encourage organisations to make more information available and to develop a greater culture of openness. A publication scheme must specify:

  • The classes of information we publish or intend to publish.
  • The manner in which they will be published.
  • Whether the information is available free of charge or on payment of a fee.

Following the model publication scheme provided by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), this publication scheme is based on seven classes of information:

  • Who we are and what we do
  • What we spend and how we spend it.
  • What our priorities are and how we are doing.
  • How we make decisions.
  • Our policies and procedures.
  • Lists and registers.
  • The services we offer

The classes of information will generally not include:

  • The disclosure of information which is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure.
  • Information in draft form.
  • Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is difficult to access for similar reasons.

By adopting the ICO's model scheme, we are committed to the following;

  • To proactively publish information, covering each of the seven classes.
  • To communicate the availability and details of this information.
  • To review and update this information on a regular basis.

Material which is published and accessed on this website can be downloaded free of charge. Some information that is only available in hard copy format may incur charges; for photocopying, printing, postage and packaging, in accordance with our fees and charges.

All of the publications listed below are available on this website free of charge. Should you require a paper copy of any of these files, please call the Contact Centre on 01768 817817 to organise and pay for printing and/or postage.

Who we are and what we do

We are one of the six District Councils in Cumbria. We administer the most sparsely populated district (Eden) in England from our base in Penrith, Cumbria.

See about your Council for details of our main services and responsibilities.

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Council Constitution
Council democratic structure Council Democratic Structure
Council organisational structure and pay Council Organisational Structure
Decision making How decisions are made in the Council
Committee meetings Committees, meetings calendar, agendas and minutes
Town and Parish Councils Town and Parish Council Clerks and Councillors
Councillors' information and contact details District Councillors for Eden District
Most recent election results Elections results
Location and opening times of our offices in Penrith Location of Council offices
Relationships with other authorities

What we spend and how we spend it

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Financial statements, budgets, variance reports and capital programme Council finances, including budgets, statements of accounts, spending, audit and fees and charges
Financial Audits
Councillors' Allowances Councillors' Allowances Scheme
Payments over £500 Dataset of spending over £500
The Budget Current and previous years' budget information
Contracting Contract management
Grants to the voluntary community and social enterprise sector Provision of Grants
Summary and statement of accounts Statement of accounts
Organisation, structures, senior management pay scales and salary scales Organisation information , including structures, pay and salary scales
Procurement Procedures Procurement, selling to the Council and current contracts register

What our priorities are and how we are doing

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The Council Plan Council Plan 2015-2019
Council Policy and Strategy Council Policy and Strategy documents
Value for Money Providing Value for Money - including the most recent Account and Governance report
Customer Satisfaction Satisfaction audits and reports
Council Awards Awards and achievements - stray dogs service and the Cemetery Green Flag award.
External Assessments External assessments
Economic Development Our Economic Development activities
Local Plan Planning Policy and the Local Plan
Service Standards Service Standards - from Building Control, through to Leisure and Waste services
Strategies developed in partnership with other authorities

How we make decisions

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Decision Making and the Executive The decision making process
Timetable of key Council Meetings Council meetings calendar
Agendas and Minutes Council Agendas and Minutes
Public Consultations
Scrutiny Scrutiny committees and the role of Scrutiny in decision making
Delegated Decisions Officer delegated decisions
Decisions made by Executive and Portfolio Holder Executive and Portfolio Holders decisions

Our policies and procedures

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Policies and procedures for conducting Council business Council Constitution Part 4 - Rules of Procedure - The Full Council of the Constitution lists the policies, strategies, plans and schemes that make up the policy framework of the Council.
Policies and procedures for delivering our services
Customer Services
Environmental Policy Environmental Policy
Food Safety Food Safety Policy documents
Information Management
Licensing Policy Licensing Enforcement and Inspection Policy
Planning Policy Planning Policy and the Local Plan
Staff and Employment Staff and Employment Policies
Confidential Reporting Policy Confidential Reporting Code (PDF: 281Kb / 9 pages)
Charging Regimes Fees and Charges for Services

Lists and Registers

Lists and registers are presented under the following sections:

  • Registers of electors
  • Public registers and registers and lists
  • Asset registers
  • Disclosure logs
  • Register of Councillors' financial and other interests
  • Planning information and publications
  • Registers of Electors
Information Link
Electoral Register Register of Electors - hard copy available under supervision for inspection at the Town Hall, Penrith. Appointments must be pre-arranged with the Elections Office on 01768 212253

Public Registers and Lists

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Burials Register Bereavement Services
Cooling towers and evaporative condensers list Cooling towers register
Contaminated Land Register Contaminated Land Register - free to view at Mansion House offices, fees will be payable for any copies requested.
Environmental Permit Register for Part A2 and Part B Installations Environmental Permits
Food Hygiene Ratings Food Hygiene Ratings in Eden
License Office Register Register of Licenses - including all public registers, gambling, lotteries and personal licenses
Health and safety enforcement notices register HSE Public Register of Convictions
Local Land Charges Register Local Land Charges
Planning Applications Register The Planning Register
Planning Appeals Register Planning Appeals Register
Tree Preservation Order List Tree Preservation Orders
Corporate Risk Register Corporate Risk Register (PDF: 1.84 Mb / 78 pages)
Elected Members Register Elected Councillors
Responses to Public Consultation Public Consultations in Eden

Asset Registers

Information Link
Asset Management Plan Asset Management Plan 2017-2020 (PDF: 939Kb / 32 pages)
Community Asset Register Assets of Community Value

Disclosure Logs

Information Link
Disclosure log Freedom of Information responses list

Register of Councillors' financial and other interests

Information Link
Register of Councillors' financial and other interests Register of Councillors' Interests

Planning Information and Publications

Information Link
Planning Applications

The services we offer

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Eden District Council Services Services the Council supplies

Further guidance

Further guidance is available from the ICO (Information Commissioner's office).

Alternatively write to:

Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,

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