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… Read More »Government FOI forum recalled by Campaign
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… Read More »Inquiry needed to check if Parliament’s ‘openness’ principle still applies
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.
Read More »Freedom of Information’s 250th birthday to be marked across the world
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 of Information law.
Read More »Campaign calls on Parliament to throw out ‘confusion and dilution’ of FOI 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… Read More »New Scottish Parliament must revive our information rights
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.
Read More »Call for society to back right to Freedom of Information
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 FoI from both government ministers and official practices.
Read More »Weakening FOI rights with threats and excuses
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).
Read More »Loophole in new law allows trust to avoid public scrutiny