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FOI Publication Scheme

Publication Scheme under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.
The Low Pay Commission (the LPC) has prepared and published a Publication Scheme concerning the publication of information by the LPC in conformity with a Model Scheme and Guidelines made by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform under Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014. The scheme came into effect on 14th April 2016.

Purpose of the Scheme
The Scheme outlines the information and publications that are routinely available from the LPC on its website and provides links to the relevant information under six headings from the Model Scheme as listed below. The information under each of the headings will be updated regularly as provided for under the Act. 

In addition to publishing the scheme on the website, Section 8(6) of the FOI Act provides that a printed version of the basic scheme should be available at the Commission's Office for a member of the public to view during normal office hours. Should a member of the public wish to view the printed version of the basic scheme, they can contact the Commission on (01) 631 3215.  

A. Information about the LPC
Who we are and what we do
Establishment of organisation
Roles, responsibilities and functions
Annual Report - The LPC will produce a Triennial Report in 2018
Organisation and Pay/Grading Structures                                                                                                                                                          Travel/Subsistence Rates                                                                                                                                                                                                  Locations and contact details for the organization                                                                                                                                                         Memoranda of Understanding

B. Services Provided or to be provided to the Public
The LPC does not provide services directly to the public. Our functions are set out here.

C. Decision making process for major policy proposals
The LPC does not make policy but rather its remit is to make recommendations to Government as set out in the National Minimum Wage (Low Pay Commission) Act, 2015

D. Financial Information
Financial statements
Exchequer funding for the Low Pay Commission is provided by the Houses of the Oireachtas through the annual budget process managed by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, through subhead C13 of Vote 32 - Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation - of the Revised Estimates Volume, under both pay and non-pay headings (no capital expenditure is provided).
Rev 2015 - Vote 32

Procurement: Payments or Purchase Orders for goods and services
Details of payments made for goods and services valued at €20,000 or more (if any) will be published quarterly in arrears on the website.

E. Procurement
Current tender competitions on the e Tenders website
Details of current tender competitions over €10,000 for ICT and €25,000 for all other competitions are available on
Public contracts awarded including contract type, contractor, value, award date, duration and brief description (tabular format) over €10k for ICT and over €25k for other contracts
Details of public contracts awarded for values over €10,000 for ICT and €25,000 for all other contracts will be published shortly, on a quarterly basis, on the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation’s website.

F. FOI Disclosure Log and Other Information to be Published Routinely
In accordance with Section 8 of the FOI Act (Publication of information about FOI bodies), this Office is required to publish its FOI disclosure log on its website. This disclosure log will provide details of certain FOI requests that do not relate to requests for personal information such as the date of the request, the category of requestor (e.g. journalist, member of the public, member of business/interest group, member of the Oireachtas, member of Local Authority, etc,), a summary description of the FOI request, the decision made and, in the event that the request is granted, the date of release of records. Accordingly, when acknowledging FOI requests, the applicant is informed of this policy. Details of FOI requests received from April 2016 onwards will be published, as appropriate, on this website.