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
Welsh Government Civil Service
General SIs are published by The National Archives
Welsh Government sponsored bodies (WGSB)
Providing inter-governmental information to the National Assembly
2. What we spend and how we spend it: financial information about project and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit
Welsh Government consolidated annual accounts
Welsh Government expenditure over £25,000
Pay, expenses, financial interests and standards
Members' allowances (on Senedd Cymru)
Recruitment and Civil Service Fast Stream
Written statement on special advisers
Wales procurement policy statement
Work-based learning (WBL) contracts 2015 to 2019
General medical services contract: Quality and outcomes framework
3. Our priorities and how are we doing: strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews
Welsh Government information strategy
Report on the implementation of open government legislation and policies
Welsh Government regulatory impact assessment code
Environmental impact assessments
4. How we make decisions: decision-making processes and records of decisions
Business, economy and innovation
Environment and climate change
Regulatory impact assessment code
5. Our policies and procedures: current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities
Correspondence from elected representatives
Information and records management policy
Concordat on Welsh public records
Welsh Government information management assessment (IMA)
6. Lists and registers
7. The services we offer
Circulars can be found within the topic areas of our website.
Leaflets, booklets and newsletters
Advice and guidance
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 and statswales.gov.wales. 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