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Effectiveness of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 07/03/2019 The Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee is consulting on the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Effectiveness of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act

The Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee is consulting on the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The move follows concerns about the scope of and compliance with the Act.

The Act is intended to provide the public with access to information held by public authorities. It does this in two ways:

  • public authorities are required to set out the information that they will publish; and
  • members of the public are entitled to request information from these public authorities.

“Our Committee wants to hear a wide range of views on the Freedom of Information Act and whether it can be improved,” said Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee Convener, Jenny Marra MSP. “We want to examine how FOI works in practice and if the Act can be modernised or improved to increase transparency in our public services.”

The consultation will run until 10th May 2019.

Further details are available here.

The call for written views can be found here.

 

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