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Reports, Responses and letters

2020

This report sets out how the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FoISA), which came into force on 1st January 2005, should be reformed in 2020. The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) has prepared this submission to inform the deliberations of the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCtte) on the ‘List of issues prior […]

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2019

Letter to the Convener of the Public Audit Committee regarding its post legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. The letter makes additional points following the CFoIS’s oral evidence to the Committee on 19th September 2019. Response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on extending the coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, […]

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Press releases

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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2017

Report by Chris Bartter of the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland summarising the discussions which took place at the International Conference of Information Commissioners in Manchester, 19-21 September 2017. The report was presented to the Scottish Public Information Forum on 28 September 2017. Reform Report Publicshed Since 2015, CFoIS has called for an […]

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Press releases SPIF

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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Response to consultation on extending FOISA to registered social landlords

Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland response to the Scottish Government consultation ‘Extending Coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to Registered Social Landlords’.

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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 […]