We monitor organisations to form a view of their performance in adhering to the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations.

Information requests

We intend to target our monitoring activity towards those authorities which repeatedly or seriously fail to respond to freedom of information requests within the appropriate timescales.

Monitoring may be a precursor to further action if an authority is unable to demonstrate an improvement within a specified timescale.

We monitor public authorities over a three month period. We will then consider whether further action is appropriate. The next list of the authorities we intend to monitor will be publically available once these considerations are complete.

Publication scheme and guide to information

We will also monitor public authorities in relation to the development and maintenance of their publication scheme.

The ICO has introduced a model publication scheme that all public sector organisations should have adopted from 1 January 2009. Authorities must produce a guide to the specific information they hold and which is contained within any of the scheme’s seven classes. We expect authorities to ensure that the information can be easily identified and accessed by the general public. Authorities should review and update their information guide and its contents regularly.

Our monitoring reports

The Central Government sector monitoring report sets out our findings for those authorities we monitored in the Central Government sector.

The police sector monitoring report sets out our findings for those authorities we monitored in the Police sector. The police sector monitoring: follow up report looks at developments since we published the main report.