News 14th June 2015

Scottish Government consulting on extending Freedom of Information Act

by Tim Hughes

Tim is Director of Involve.

The Scottish Government is consulting on extending Freedom of Information Act:

“The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides a statutory right of access to information held by Scottish public authorities.

The provisions of the Act can be extended to bodies that carry out functions of a public nature or which provide, under a contract with a Scottish public authority, a service which is a function of that authority.

The Scottish Government has previously extended coverage of the Act to include a range of local authority arm’s length organisations delivering sporting, cultural and leisure services.

The Government is now consulting on further extension of coverage – to contractors who run privately-managed prisons; providers of secure accommodation for children; grant-aided schools, and independent special schools.”

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