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Western Education & Library Board,
1 Hospital Road,
Omagh, Co Tyrone,
BT79 0AW

Telephone: 028 8241 1411
Fax: 028 8241 1400
Email: info@welbni.org
Textphone: 028 8241 1550
Press:comms@welbni.org

How the Western Region makes information available

HOW THE WESTERN REGION MAKES INFORMATION AVAILABLE

The Office of the Information Commissioner has provided all public sector organisations with a standard framework for making information available to the public. This means that no matter which public sector website we visit the commitment to publish should be the same. This framework is called a Publication Scheme, and is broken down into seven categories or classes:

1. Who we are and what we do.
Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.

2. The services we offer.
Information relating to the services we offer.

3. What we spend and how we spend it.
Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.

4. What our priorities are and how we are doing.
Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.

5. How we make decisions.
Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.

6. Our policies and procedures.
Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.      

7. Lists and registers.
Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the Authority.

All public sector organisations must follow the same Publication Scheme and to further clarify what should be made available, sector specific guides called Definition Documents have been created to provide examples of the type of information that should be proactively published, if held.

To keep things simple, the Authority's Western Region has arranged the 'publications' section of its website based on the Publication Scheme categories and will continue to make make as much information available as possible. At times, we may be unable to upload certain documents onto our website, but we'll still list them, and make it clear how they can be accessed. We also appreciate that not everyone has access to the internet so we'll be happy to provide information via different means. Sometimes we may have to charge for providing copies of large documents, but we'll always discuss this with you.  In keeping with the Authority's commitment to promote equality of opportunity, information can also be made available on request in alternative formats. These include Braille, disc, audiocassette, large print and in minority languages to meet the needs of those people who are not fluent in English.

If the information you're looking for isn't listed on our Publication Scheme, or anywhere else on our website, you can submit a Freedom of Information request for access to it. This can be done by e-mail, letter or fax to the contact details below, but be sure to include your name, address and description of the information you'd like. If we hold what you're looking for, we'll send it to you as soon as possible provided it doesn't fall under any of the FOI Exemptions. If it does, we'll explain clearly why we can't release it. Please send any organisation wide FOI requests (relating to all Regions or to the Education Authority corporately)  to info@eani.org.uk

RESPONSIBILITY FOR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Operational responsibility for Freedom of Information in the Western Region falls to the Authority's Corporate Information Manager, Mr Nigel McCosker who can be contacted at:

Address Education Authority Western Region Office, 1 Hospital Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT79 0AW
Telephone 028 8241 1553
Facsimile 028 8241 1273
E-mail nigel.mccosker@eani.org.uk