SCOTLAND is in danger of "falling behind" in its approach to legislation aimed at increasing transparency and openness in public life, the country's Information Commissioner has warned.
BUSINESS organisations have hit out at government moves to extend Freedom of Information (FoI) obligations to private firms involved in public sector contracts.
THE SNP has appealed to the UK Information Commissioner over the BBC's refusal to release details of talks held with the three major UK parties on the leaders debate.
A COUNCIL has become the first in Scotland to put every Freedom of Information (FOI) request it receives – and the responses – on its website.
SCOTTISH public authorities have been working with the Freedom of Information Act for five years and have disclosed details to members of the public on a range of subjects, from expenses and finances to correspondence and planning.
THE Scottish Government has been accused of routinely rejecting valid requests under freedom of information laws.
VOLUNTARY sector workers are fearful of submitting freedom of information (FoI) requests in case they damage working relationships or put their funding at risk, university research has shown.
HOUSE of Commons managers are considering whether to launch an appeal after losing a High Court battle to keep secret details of MPs' expenses.
MEMBERS of the public are not getting access to important information about their public services because private contractors are exempt from Freedom of Information legislation, the Scottish Information Commissioner claimed yesterday.
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A SENIOR Cabinet minister fears that the Freedom of Information Act is "placing good government at risk" by forcing sensitive papers to be disclosed.
NEARLY one fifth of freedom of information requests made to the city council are not responded to on time.
A HOST of organisations, including independent schools, charities and even the Faculty of Advocates could be forced to conform to the rules of the Freedom of Information Act, it emerged yesterday.
MORE than 17 years ago, the Westminster parliament passed a law that opened courts so that non-lawyers could conduct litigation in certain circumstance - but this legislation has never been put into effect in Scotland.
THE Freedom of Information Act is arguably one of the most successful pieces of legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament. Consider the evidence: 73 per cent of the Scottish public say they have heard of their new right to know. Thousands of requests for information have been made to Scotland's public authorities - the majority by ordinary citizens. In the vast majority of cases, Scotland's public authorities are providing such information free of charge, within 20 working days.
FRUSTRATED travellers have received more than £350,000 in compensation for blunders by UK passport offices over the past three years, it was revealed yesterday.
SIR TOM FARMER is demanding answers over a controversial £12 million deal which saw Hibs miss out on sought-after land they wanted to develop to fund a new stand and community facilities.