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The Re-Use of Public Sector Information

What are the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations about?

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 ( SI 2005/1515) came into force on 1st July 2005.  The Regulations implement European Directive 2003/98/EC on the Re-use of Public sector Information.

See the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005

The Regulations are designed to help unlock the value held in public sector information and to allow re-use of these resources for the benefit of commercial exploitation. By allowing the private sector to re-use information that has been produced by the public sector, value may be added to products and services.  In this way, we can help support and stimulate both the local Worcestershire economy and the national economy.

The Regulations provide a statutory framework through which you can apply to re-use public sector information and are based upon the principles of fairness, transparency, non-discrimination and consistency of application.

The Regulations are designed to compliment the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations. The Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations both provide a statutory public right of access to information held by Public Authorities subject to the application of legal exemptions in certain cases. However, although this legislation gives a right of access to publicly held information, they do not automatically give an applicant a right to re-use that information. The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations however are designed to enable an applicant to re-use public sector information.

The Regulations impose the following main obligations upon a public sector body:

  • to publish a list of its documents which are available for re-use. This list is referred to as an Information Asset Register. Currently WCC's Information Asset Register is contained within its Publication Scheme
  • to provide a clear statement on the arrangements for re-use of its information
  • to clearly explain any applicable charges for re-use and any licence terms and conditions
  • to process applications for re-use in a timely, open and transparent manner and through fair, consistent and non-discriminatory processes.
  • to establish a quick and easily accessible complaints process.