The next meeting of SPIF will be announced here once the Scottish Government has published its promised consultation on the reform of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. on 23rd November, the Minister announced that the consultation will not now take place until 2022 despite the post legislative scrutiny report being published by the Scottish Parliament in May 2020.
COP26 was the subject of SPIF on 28th September 2021 which is International Right to Know Day.
Transparency and Business A sub group of SPIF has been established to focus on the UN’s 31 Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and what impact they have made in Scotland and the UK. It will link this global initiative to delivering openness and scrutiny in the spend of public money, particularly in public procurement. A short background paper is HERE.
June SPIF The Minute of the June meeting is HERE.The date was chosen to mark the fourth anniversary of a motion at the Scottish Parliament – on 21st June 2017. MSPs voted unanimously to require post legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FoISA) and for practice reform. Despite the vote, it is unlikely that the detail and extent of legislative reform will be agreed until 2023.
May SPIF The Minute of the meeting of SPIF 24th May 2021 appears here.
March SPIF The Minutes of the last meeting appear here. The keynote speaker was Helen Darbishire from Access Info Europe, a member of the Steering Committee of the OGP and Chair of the UNCAC Coalition, the network that coordinates civil society activity in monitoring and promoting the UN Convention against Corruption. Doreen Grove, Open Government Partnership Lead, at the Scottish Government Strategy Unit also spoke.
Thanks CFoIS thanks the Andrew Wainright Reform Trust for providing funding to make these meetings happen and to enable other project work.
About SPIF SPIF brings together rights holders, duty bearers, government, the Scottish Information Commissioner and the public around a table twice a year to discuss, equally, the practical enjoyment of access to information rights in Scotland. Learning from each other helps improve understanding and practice across and within sectors.
CFoIS continues to organise SPIF in the public interest, to collaborate and be an asset in the development, delivery and continuous improvement of access to information rights.