You have a potential item for disclosure.
Please ask yourself the following questions:
If the answer is
‘no’ you should not use this flowchart
until you have confirmed, using chart 1, that a disclosure under
general instructions may be appropriate. Please return to flowchart
If the answer is ‘yes’ ask yourself:
(For guidance on applying this test, see
If the answer to this question is ‘no’ and disclosure is contrary to the public interest test set out in IDG46150, you may not disclose the information: the public interest test has not been satisfied.
If the answer to this question is ‘yes’ and disclosure is necessary to serve the public interest, as detailed in IDG46150, then you must ask yourself the following question:
IDG46150 for guidance on applying this
If the answer to this question is ‘no’, that is to say the disclosure is disproportionate as defined in IDG46150, you may not disclose the information. Disclosure must be proportionate to the effect sought.
If the answer to this question is ‘yes’ and the disclosure is proportionate within the criteria noted in IDG46150 , then you must ask yourself the following question:
not, you may not disclose the information. Your
decision as to necessity and proportionality must be considered and
approved by an officer at a minimum of Higher Officer grade before
you may make a disclosure.
If ‘yes’, and your judgement as to the necessity and proportionality has been considered and approved by an officer of at least Higher Officer (Band 7/C2), then you must ask yourself the following questions:
If your answer is
yes,,you may not disclose the information. You
must contact the Commissioners’ Advisory Accountant (see
IDG90100) who must assess and pass the
information before disclosure. Disclosure must also be authorised
by 2 Commissioners.
If your answer is no, you must then ask yourself:
If your answer is
yes, you may not disclose the information. You
must contact Information Strategy (see
IDG90100) to discuss such disclosures
prior to going forward.
If your answer is no, you may disclose the information. However, you must ensure that the outcomes of the above decisions are recorded, and that the additional record keeping requirements at IDG46400 are adhered to.
NOTE: if in doubt as to the answer to any of these questions, do not assume. Seek guidance from your line manager or from Information Strategy (seeIDG90100).
|IDG46050||Public interest disclosures: Introduction|
|IDG46100||Criteria for making public interest disclosures|
|IDG46150||Establishing the necessity and proportionality of a disclosure|
|IDG46200||Requesting additional disclosure categories|
|IDG46250||Annex 1: Description of boundaries within which Commissioners currently permit individual instructions for public interest disclosures under section 20 CRCA|
|IDG46300||Annex 2: General instructions to disclose|
|IDG46350||Annex 3: Rules and procedures for issuing individual instructions to disclose|
|IDG46400||Annex 4: Information to be logged when making public interest disclosures|
|IDG46450||Flowchart 1: Process|
|IDG46550||Flowchart 3: Individual instructions|