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FOI Reporting

Reports created by the Scottish Government about its internal handling of Freedom of Information requests


Monthly Performance Statistics

In April 2017 following a dip in Scottish Government performance regarding the number of FOI requests and reviews responded to on time, the Scottish Information Commissioner initiated an intervention process.  The Scottish Government is committed to improving FOI response times and we are working to address the Commissioner’s concerns.  We have agreed the following targets with the Commissioner to improve performance -  a target of 85% of request and review responses on time over the rest of 2017, 90% in 2018 and 95% by 2020. Monthly performance will be pro-actively published below.

  Requests * Reviews *
April 2017 63% 65%
May 2017 70% 20%
June 2017 89% 88%
July 2017 94% 71%
August 2017 89% 79%
September 2017 92% 91%

* % of responses answered on time

Annual Reports

Request Summaries

A list of the requests made to the Scottish Government, broken down by year, is available below. This includes a summary of each question asked and the outcome. It should be noted that the names of private individuals and their addresses have been removed as they constitute the personal data of a third party and disclosure would contravene one or more of the data protection principles. As such, they are exempt under section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Personal information, and replaced with [name] & [address].

Information released in response to requests, which is considered to be of a wider public interest, is published on the relevant topic page on the SG website, with a link in the Recent Disclosures page.

Implementation in the Government

Freedom of Information Cost Report

A report on the estimated costs of handling requests, reviews and appeals under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations is available here.

This report follows research undertaken on the time taken by officials to process requests, reviews and appeals. It also includes related central FoI Unit costs. Using the results from the research and annual figures from the Information Request Tracker (also contained in the annual report) estimates can be made of the costs of handling request, reviews and appeals in 2011.

The 2009 cost report can be found here.