Publication Scheme Guide

Guide to information available through our publication scheme

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:

  • Publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
  • Tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost
 
Accountant in Bankruptcy(AiB) has adopted the Model Publication Scheme produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner.
 
You can see this scheme on the Commissioner’s website at www.itspublicknowledge.info/MPS2012 or by contacting us at the address below.
 
The purpose of this Guide to Information is to:
  • Allow you to see what information is available (and what is not available) in relation to each class
  • State what charges may be applied
  • Explain how you can find the information easily
  • Provide contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information
  • Explain how to request information we hold that has not been published

Download our guide to information:

Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) Publication Scheme Guide to Information

Availability and formats
The information we publish through the model scheme is, wherever possible, available on our website. We offer alternative arrangements for people who do not want to, or cannot, access the information online or by inspection at our premises. For example, we can usually arrange to send information to you in paper copy (although there may be a charge for this).
 
Exempt information
We will publish the information we hold that falls within the classes of information below. If a document contains information that is exempt under Scotland’s freedom of information laws (for example sensitive personal information or a trade secret), we may remove or redact the information before publication but we will explain why.
 
Copyright
Where AiB holds the copyright in its published information, the information may be copied or reproduced without formal permission, provided that:
  • It is copied or reproduced accurately
  • It is not used in a misleading context
  • The source of the material is identified
Where AiB does not hold the copyright in information we publish, we will make this clear.
 
Charges
 
This section explains when we may make a charge for our publications and how any charge will be calculated. We are unlikely to charge you for providing information, however we reserve the right to charge as set out in the FOI legislation and even more exceptionally as set out in our fees order.
 
There is no charge to view information on our website or at our premises. You can see a list of our statutory fees here. 
 
We may charge for providing information to you available under this scheme e.g. for photocopying and postage, but we will charge you no more than it actually costs us to do so. We will always tell you what the cost is before providing the information to you.
 
Our photocopying charge for published information per sheet of paper is shown in the tables below:
 
Black and white photocopying
Size of paper Pence per sheet of paper
A4 10p
 
Colour photocopying
Size of paper Pence per sheet of paper
A4 20p
 
Information provided on CD-Rom will be charged at 50p per computer disc.
 
Postage costs will be recharged at the rate we paid to send the information to you.
 
When providing copies of pre-printed publications, we will charge no more than the cost per copy of the total print run.
 
We do not pass on any other costs to you in relation to our published information.
 
This charging schedule does not apply to our commercial publications (see Class 8 below). These items are offered for sale through retail outlets such as book shops, academic journal websites or museum shops and their price reflects a ‘market value’ which may include the cost of production.
 
Contact us
 
You can contact us for assistance with any aspect of this publication scheme:
 
Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB)
1 Pennyburn Road
Kilwinning
Ayrshire
KA13 6SA
 
Email: AiB@AiB.gsi.gov.uk

We will also be pleased to advise you how to ask for information that we do not publish or how to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of this publication scheme.

The classes of information that we publish
 
We publish information that we hold within the following classes. Once information is published under a class we will continue to make it available for the current and previous two financial years.
 
Where information has been updated or superseded, only the current version will be available. If you would like to see previous versions, you may make a request to us for that information.
 
Class 1: About Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB)
Class 2: How AiB delivers its functions and services
Class 3: How AiB takes decisions and what it has decided
Class 4: What AiB spends and how it spends it
Class 5: How AiB manages its human, physical and information resources
Class 6: How AiB procures goods and services from external providers
Class 7: How AiB is performing
Class 8: Our commercial publications