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Scottish Parliament has key opportunity to boost Freedom of Information

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) today urged the Scottish Parliament to back a series of amendments to the Scottish Government’s Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill. This Bill is to have its Stage 3 debate in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16 January and a series of amendments are proposed to ensure FOI rights extend to public services provided by private, voluntary and arms-length bodies.

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Parliament urged to back Finance Committee over Freedom of Information

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) today (Monday) urged the Scottish Parliament to back the Stage 1 Report produced by its Finance Committee, criticising the Scottish Government’s Freedom of Information (Scotland) Amendment Bill. The Committee called for the proposed ‘absolute’ exemption for correspondence with the Monarch and her heirs to be dropped, and for amendments to be introduced to ensure FOI rights extend to public services provided by private, voluntary and arms-length bodies.

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Take initiative to reform FOI law, Parliament will be told

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS), will tomorrow (Wednesday) tell the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee that it should take the initiative and introduce further amendments to the Government’s Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill. These should plug what the CFoIS sees as an increasing loophole in the legislation’s coverage. Currently non-public bodies, such as private contractors, large voluntary organisations, housing associations and arms-length organisations (ALEOs) set up by public authorities are often not covered by the law when they are providing public services.

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