The Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 established a framework to encourage the re-use of public sector information. The main themes are improving transparency, fairness and consistency.
'Re-use' means using the information for a purpose other than the purpose for which the document was originally produced. This could include a commercial purpose. The new directive does not provide access to the information itself. That is available through the Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act or other access to information regimes such as the Environmental Information Regulations.
Further information, including policy advice, best practice and the complaints process, are available from the UK Legislation website.
Applications under these Regulations to re-use information held by the council will be considered by the relevant service. Decisions regarding the licensing of information for re-use will be made by the Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Protective) in consultation with the relevant Service.