Access to Information and Transparency


YPO, like all public sector bodies, must comply with UK legislation designed to ensure transparency and accountability. It is a requirement under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for all public authorities to produce a Publication Scheme.

The circumstances under which an authority would not be required to make information routinely available are:

  • if the information is not held
  • if the information is exempt from disclosure, i.e. personal data, or commercial interest
  • the authority cannot easily access the information.

We have in place an Access to Information Policy detailing our approach to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations. We also produce a Guide to Information which details the information YPO routinely publishes, how it is published and if any charge is to be made in relation to the information.

Classes of information to be included in the Publication Scheme

For ease of reference, there are seven prescribed classes of information that must be made available. Please see the links below for more information.

  1. Who we are and what we do
  2. What we spend and how we spend it    
  3. What are our priorities and how are we doing?
  4. How we make decisions
  5. Our policies and procedures
  6. Lists and Registers
  7. The services we offer

Local Government Transparency Code 2015

The Local Government Transparency Code sets out the minimum data that local authorities should publish, in addition to the frequency and method of publishing. YPO publishes the following data under the Local Government Transparency Code:

Information  Frequency 
Expenditure Exceeding £500 Quarterly 

Government Procurement Card Transactions 

Procurement Information Quarterly
Local Authority Land Annually
Organisation Chart Annually 
Trade Union Facility Time Annually 
Senior Salaries Annually 
Constitution Annually 
Pay Multiple Annually