Category Archives: FOISA

The Scottish Information Commissioner’s Annual (FOISA) Report 2020

The Scottish Information Commissioner, Daren Fitzhenry, recently published his Annual Report and Accounts for the year 2019-20. It is available to read and download from the Commissioner’s website. Mr Fitzhenry enforces the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002  (FOISA) as well as the Environmental Information (Scotland) … Continue reading

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A Matter of Priorities: FOI and DP Deadlines in a Pandemic

Responding to the Covid-19 pandemic is stretching our public services. Most obviously the NHS is diverting all the resources it can to meeting critical health needs. But local authorities are also struggling to maintain vital services in the face of … Continue reading

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The Scottish Information Commissioner’s Annual (FOISA) Report

The Scottish Information Commissioner, Daren Fitzhenry, recently published his  annual report  for 2018/19.  Mr Fitzhenry enforces the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002  (FOISA) as well as the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.   According to the report, Scottish public bodies are receiving record numbers of FOISA requests. 83,963 requests were … Continue reading

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Records Management in Scottish Public Authorities is Changing

The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 (PRSA 2011) requires public bodies in Scotland to develop a Records Management Plan and submit it for the approval of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland. Many of these plans, usually approved on a … Continue reading

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Freedom of Information comes to Scottish Registered Social Landlords

The social housing sector already prides itself on being open and accountable to tenants. But from  11 November 2019, registered social landlords (RSLs) in Scotland will acquire new transparency obligations under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). After years … Continue reading

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Act Now Launches New FOI Practitioner Certificate

  Act Now is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new FOI Practitioner Certificate. This course is one of the first of its kind, in a way that only Act Now delivers – practical, on the ground skills … Continue reading

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Scottish Information Commissioner’s Annual Report 2016/17

Last month, Margaret Keyse, the Acting Scottish Information Commissioner, published her annual report for 2016/17.  Amongst other laws, Ms Keyse enforces the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). The report reveals that during 2016/17: Public awareness of FOISA remained … Continue reading

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Practitioner Certificate in FOISA: Another Successful Year

Act Now Training is pleased to report that it has completed another successful year of delivering the Practitioner Certificate in the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Now in its fourth year the course is the only certificated FOI course … Continue reading

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Scottish Information Commissioner’s FOISA Report 2016

                Last week the Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, published her annual report for 2015/16.  Ms Agnew enforces the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). The report reveals that: 540 appeals were … Continue reading

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Extension of Freedom of Information in Scotland

Following a consultation last year by the Scottish Government, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) was recently extended to cover more organisations. The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Designation of Persons as Scottish Public Authorities) Order 2016, … Continue reading

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