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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.

Central to this, Section 19(2) of the FOI Act sets out the requirements for a publication scheme. 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

  1. What we spend and how we spend it.
  2. What our priorities are and how we are doing.
  3. How we make decisions.
  4. Our policies and procedures.
  5. Lists and registers.
  6. The services we offer

The classes of information will not generally 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 administer the most sparsely populated district in England from our base in Penrith, Cumbria.

Our main responsibilities are:

  • Local Planning and Building Regulation,
  • Council Tax Collection and Administration,
  • Environmental Health and Food Hygiene,
  • Pollution Control,
  • Provision of Leisure and Sports Amenities,
  • Licensing,
  • Refuse Collection,
  • Cemeteries and Maintenance of the Electoral Register.

Along with other public authorities, we also have shared responsibility for such matters as Emergency Planning, Economic Development, Regeneration, Museums and Tourism.

Information Link

Council Constitution

Council democratic structure

Council Democratic Structure 

Council directorate structure

Council Organisation Structure and Pay Structure 

The Executive

How decisions are made in the Council 

Council committee and portfolio holder meetings

Meetings - meetings calendar, agendas and minutes 

Parish Councils

Parish Council Clerks and Councillors 

Currently elected councillors' information and contact details

District Councillors for Eden District 

Latest election results

Most recent and historical elections results 

Location and opening times of council properties

Council offices 

Relationships with other authorities

  • Cumbria County Council - waste disposal, highways authority, education, social services, libraries, archives, registrar of births, deaths and marriages.
  • South Lakeland District Council - shared IT service
  • Other outside bodies with links to the Council with District Councillor involvement.

What we spend and how we spend it

Information Link

Financial Statements

Council finances , including budgets, statements of accounts, spending, audit and fees and charges information.

Financial Audits

Members' Allowances

Members' allowances 

Payments over £500

Dataset of spending over £500 

The Budget

Current and previous years' budget information 

Key decisions (significant expenditure or savings to the Council in excess of £50,000, or significant effect on communities)

Key spending decisions 

Third sector funding

Grants paid to the voluntary and social enterprise sector 

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

Information Link

The Council's Corporate Plan

Corporate 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 - includes awards for the this website, stray dogs service and the Cemetery Green Flag award.

External Assessments

External assessments 

Economic Development Plan

Eden Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan 

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

Information Link

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


  • The role of scrutiny in decision making 
  • Scrutiny committees
  • Address allocations decisions

Delegated Decisions

Officer delegated decisions 

Decisions made by Executive and Portfolio Holder
Executive and Portfolio Holders decisions

Our policies and procedures

Information Link

Policies and procedures for conducting Council business

Council Constitution Part 4 - Rules of Procedure (PDF: 590 Kb / 99 pages) - 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 

Health and Safety

Health and Safety Policy 

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: 118Kb / 9 pages) 

Charging Regimes

Fees and Charges for Services 

Lists and Registers

These lists and registers are presented under these 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

Information Link

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 Information 

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: 1.69 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 2014-2015 (PDF: 833Kb / 35 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

Information Link

Eden District Council Services

Services the Council Supplies 

Other Links

For further guidance see Information Commissioner's office website.

Alternatively write to:

Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,

Document files used with permission from free digital photos

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