Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (RPSI)

RPSI regulations were originally introduced on 1 July 2005 and provide any person or organisation with the right to request the re-use of information held by a Public Authority (For example, to copy it and sell it on). An updated set of regulations was introduced on 18 July 2015. The details can be viewed via Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015:

Re-use means using a document differently from its original purpose. As a Local Authority we produce documents for legal or our own administration reasons. A typical example of re-use is selling a Council document so that it can be used for commercial purposes.

The aim of the Regulations, which carry out a directive of the European Parliament, is to make re-using public sector information easier. The main themes of the Regulations are improving transparency, fairness and consistency.

The main changes in the amended (July 2015) Directive are to:

  • require public sector bodies (PSBs) to allow the re-use of existing and generally accessible information they create, collect or hold. The effect of this was to make re-use mandatory in most cases.
  • extend its scope to cover PSI held by public sector museums, libraries (including university libraries) and archives in making their information available for re-use.
  • introduce the general principle that charges for re-use should normally be set at marginal cost, with exceptions in certain circumstances.
  • introduce a redress mechanism for complaints by re-users operated by an impartial review body with the power to make binding decisions.

These regulations should not be confused with The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), which only provide public access to information and not the right to re-use it.

As with FOI, requests for re-use must be in writing. There is a 20 working day time limit for processing requests which may be extended in certain circumstances. Where possible and appropriate we will process and send out documents for re-use electronically.

In most cases, copyright will be owned by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and there may be conditions on re-use with a licence. It will not unnecessarily restrict re-use or restrict competition.

Contact us

Corporate Information Governance

Corporate Information Governance Team
County Hall
Bond Street

01924 306 112