Information we routinely make available so that people can understand who we are, what we spend and what we achieve.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (RPSI) encourage public authorities to make as much information as possible available to the public proactively.
Under the act, we are required to adopt a publication scheme which contains information we routinely make available. We ensure that information is published in accordance with the scheme. Available information is grouped under the following ‘classes of information’.
1. Who we are and what we do: Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts
Government of Wales Act 2006 (external site)
General SIs are published by The National Archives (external site)
2. What we spend and how we spend it: Financial information about project and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit
3. Our priorities and how are we doing: Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews
4. How we make decisions: Decision-making processes and records of decisions
5. Our policies and procedures: Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities
Information and records management and strategies & policies
Retention and disposal schedule (“What to Keep”)
Welsh Government Business File Plan (high level)
- Economy, skills and natural resources
- Education and public services
- European projects
- Health and social services
- Legacy information storage
- Office of the First Minister and Brexit
- Permanent Secretary's Group
- Trade Union side
Concordat on Welsh public records (external site)
Welsh Government information management assessment (IMA) (external site)
Welsh Government information management (IMA) action plan (external site)
6. Lists and registers
7. The services we offer
The Welsh Government’s commitments are:
- to make transparency a part of how we operate
- to move to publishing data by default wherever possible
- to publish data in line with the public data principles
- to make datasets available for re-use, and in a re-usable format where reasonable and practical
- to keep our data under review, so as to examine and improve the amount and frequency of data released into the public domain
- to link all datasets published on www.data.gov.uk and statswales.gov.wales
We generally won’t publish information that is:
- protected from disclosure
- in draft form
- no longer readily available
All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated.
Requesting Information, giving feedback and further information
We make a significant amount of information available under our scheme. The benefits are that it makes information easily accessible and without charge. This means that, in many cases, the information you are looking for will already be available and there will be no need for you to make a formal request under the act.
You can email a request including the words ‘publication scheme’ in the subject heading. There is no charge for information which is provided electronically.
If you ask for information available on our website to be provided in paper format it may be necessary to make a charge. Each case is considered separately. For example, if a large amount of photocopying is required, or if the cost of postage of a large volume of paperwork is very high.
Most of the information included in our scheme will be current. However, for certain classes of information, it may be necessary to publish the information retrospectively.
Information will not be available through the publication scheme indefinitely. We are committed to providing the public with as much information as is practically possible. It is important that the information we provide is relevant and up to date.
We welcome your feedback on our progress and your suggestions for data that you would like us make available. You can also comment on specific datasets on www.data.gov.uk (external site) and statswales.gov.wales (external site) The Freedom of Information Act encourages public authorities to make as much information as possible available to the public proactively.
You can contact the Welsh Government via the First Point of Contact Centre Publications Team as follows:
First point of Contact Centre
International enquiry number (+44) 1443 845500