Under section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act, the British Council is obliged to adopt and maintain a publication scheme, which has been approved by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). 

A publication scheme must specify classes of information that a public body publishes, the manner of which information is available and whether there will be a charge.   

The British Council has adopted the model publication scheme created for non-departmental public bodies and has produced a guide to information that it publishes.


On 1 September 2013, amendments to the Freedom of Infomation Act 2000 regarding the provision and publication of datasets came into force. Public authorities must publish any datasets they hold that have been requested, unless it is not appropriate to do so.

It is recommended that these datasets are made available for re-use under the Open Government Licence.

We will publish any datasets requested under this publication scheme.

Who we are and what we do 

Our status

Senior Leadership Team

Board of Trustees

Management and Structure

Our work with parliament

Our partnerships

Locations and contact details

What we spend and how we spend it 

How we are funded 

Financial statements, budgets and variance reports

Annual reports and corporate plans

Leadership salaries and expenses

Parliamentarian expenses

UK pay policy

What are our priorities and how are we doing

Annual reports and corporate plans


How we make decisions 

Board of Trustees meeting minutes

Sub-committee terms of reference

Policies and procedures

Customer services

Corporate complaints procedure

FOI (freedom of information) complaints procedure

Global policy statements 

Job opportunities

Records Retention Schedule

Lists and registers  

Board of Trustees register of interests

Senior Leadership Team register of interests

The services we offer

Media releases

For information on our global operations, select a country from the list under 'British Council Worldwide' on the home page.