Category Archives: Scotland

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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A Decade of FOI in Scotland: Celebrating Success, Securing Rights for the Future

Erin Ferguson examines the Scottish Information Commissioner’s special report… Freedom of information (FOI) legislation has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary in the United Kingdom. Overall, the UK FOI regime has been deemed successful. 400,000 requests for information have been made … Continue reading

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Scottish Information Commissioner’s Annual Report

In September the Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, published her annual report for 2013/14.  Ms Agnew enforces the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). In her own words, “The report documents our achievements and challenges across the year, while also providing … Continue reading

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Practitioner Certificate in FOISA: Review of First Year

Act Now Training is pleased to report that it has completed a very successful first year of delivering the Practitioner Certificate in the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Four courses were delivered in 2013 with very strong candidates from … Continue reading

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New Bodies Subject to Scottish FOI (FOISA) on 1st April 2014

On Tuesday (1st April 2014), more bodies in Scotland will be made subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (‘FOISA’).  The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Designation of Persons as Scottish Public Authorities) Order 2013 has been … Continue reading

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Scottish Information Commissioner’s Annual Report

The Scottish Information Commissioner has published her annual report for 2012/13.  Key facts are as follows: The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner (OSIC) received 594 FOI appeals in the year. This was an increase of 14% on last year, … Continue reading

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At Last! A Certificated Course for Scottish FOI Practitioners

For years Scottish Freedom of Information practitioners did not have a Scottish FOI qualification that they could study for. Unlike their counterparts in England and Wales, the BCS (formerly ISEB) FOI course is not suitable as it concentrates on the … Continue reading

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