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RPA Publication Scheme


Welcome to the RPA Publication Scheme
The RPA Publication Scheme is a guide to information routinely published by RPA.

What is the Publication Scheme?
RPA has published the scheme in line with The Freedom of Information Act 2000. The purpose of the Act is is to promote greater openness by public authorities (ie government and other public sector organisations).

The Publication Scheme is a guide to key information routinely published or made available by RPA. The Act provides individuals or organisations with the right to request information held by a public authority.

As a result of the Publication Scheme Development and Maintenance Initiative the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) introduced a model publication scheme that all public sector organisations should have adopted from 1 January 2009.

Authorities must produce a guide to the specific information they hold and which is contained within any of the scheme’s seven classes. As a result RPA is required to ensure that the information can be easily identified and accessed by the general public.

The scheme is structured according to broad classes that reflect the range of our work. Within these classes the information subjects that form our publication scheme are:

    • 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
How much do publications cost?
Most information is free, however some charges may apply which you will be advised of in writing before we process your request.

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 fee guidelines have been aligned to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 fees regime wherever possible. Under the terms of the Directive, the EIRs require that: (i) information made available for inspection, and explaining where information is made publicly available, should be free of charge (ii) and charges be 'reasonable'.

Requests should be free up to the same appropriate limit as FOI requests - 600 for central government, 450 for local government. Above that limit, charges for EIRs will need to meet the EU requirement of reasonability.

How are they published?
Most information is held on the RPA website but can be produced on request from the Access to Information (ATI) Unit at:

Rural Payments Agency
Access to Information
PO Box 69
Tel: 01189 687656
Fax: 01189 687114

This Publication Scheme is intended to help you find information easily and quickly. We welcome suggestions for additional information that could be included in the scheme. We also welcome suggestions as to how the publications themselves might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints should be forwarded to the RPA ATI Unit.

Freedom of information
RPA is committed to promoting and actively developing a culture of openness, transparency and accountability, embodied in the ATI legislation.
This refers to the general right of access that the public have to the information held by RPA and other public authorities. Rights of access to environmental information exist under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Requests for other types of information are dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
If the information you want to see is not held within our Publication Scheme, you can contact RPA to request the information and providing it is not covered by one of the exemptions in the legislation we will endeavour to provide you with that information in line with our Service Standards.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 individuals may also request a copy of any personal data that RPA holds about them. These requests should be sent in writing to the RPA ATI Unit.

The material available throughout this Publication Scheme is subject to Crown Copyright unless otherwise indicated. Crown Copyright material (other than the Royal Arms and Departmental or Agency Logos) may be reproduced free of charge in any form or medium, provided it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading manner. Where any of the Crown Copyright items in the scheme are being re-published or copied to others, you must identify the source of the material and acknowledge the copyright status. For further information and guidance on a range of copyright issues please visit the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website at

In order to keep the Publication Scheme up to date we will review it from time to time so please let us know whether there are any documents that you feel should be included in the scheme.

Page published: 21 September 2010