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2018

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) is launching a ‘Get it Minuted’ Campaign and is calling on people and organisations to ask and insist that there are agendas, notes and minutes for any meetings with the Scottish Government. The two actions which can be taken up by the public across Scotland as […]

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Government FOI forum recalled by Campaign

A Forum set up by the Scottish Government, but which hasn’t met for over six years is to be reconvened in Edinburgh this Friday by the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) it was announced today. The recall meeting is supported by UNISONScotland, and features contributions from the Acting Scottish Information Commissioner, Margaret […]

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Inquiry needed to check if Parliament’s ‘openness’ principle still applies

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) has called for an inquiry into the delivery of information rights in Scotland. In a submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Independent Commission on Parliamentary Reform, CFoIS says the inquiry should focus on delivering openness across the public services, as well as the practical delivery of the […]

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Freedom of Information’s 250th birthday to be marked across the world

The ‘sestercentennial’ (250th Anniversary) of the world’s first freedom of information (FoI) law in Sweden, is being marked across the world, including in London and here in Scotland. Most celebrations take the form of discussions on the current state of FoI. Now over 100 countries have a ‘right to access information’ law.

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Campaign calls on Parliament to throw out ‘confusion and dilution’ of FOI rights

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) today called on Scotland’s MSPs to reject Scottish Government proposals to give grant-aided and independent special schools three times longer to respond to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests than public schools. The Campaign says these changes endanger both the principles and effectiveness of Scotland’s much-respected Freedom […]

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World’s first FOI law is 250 this year

On International Right to Know Day (Wednesday 28 September 2016), the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) is organising a seminar in Strathclyde University which will both celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the world’s first freedom of information (FoI) law in Sweden, and look for ways to improve Scotland’s eleven year-old law. The […]

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New Scottish Parliament must revive our information rights

The campaigning body that was instrumental in achieving Freedom of Information laws in the UK and Scotland over 14 years ago, now says that the popular legislation is in danger of being dangerously eroded in Scotland. The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) has today issued a Manifesto for the Scottish Parliament, calling […]

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Call for society to back right to Freedom of Information

Today, on International Right to Know Day (Monday 28 September 2015), the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS), is launching an initiative designed to unite civil organisations in Scotland around a demand that the Scottish Government tackle the erosion of information rights in the country.

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Weakening FOI rights with threats and excuses

This article first appeared in Issue 88 of Scottish Left Review  The current Westminster Freedom of Information (FoI) law is under threat, and here in Scotland a long-promised consultation on extending the law looks like ignoring demands to restore public services to accountability. At the British level, there have been a series of direct threats to […]

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Loophole in new law allows trust to avoid public scrutiny

Research carried out at Strathclyde University has uncovered a loophole in the Scottish Government’s 2013 extension of the Freedom of Information Act, says the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS).