Internal complaints registered by civil servants: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00424
Date received: 9 February 2018
Date responded: 6 March 2018

Information requested

Information requested about any internal complaints registered by civil servants on the Scottish Government's interpretation/use of FOI legislation, in particular complaints regarding special adviser or ministerial interference. You confirmed on the 12 February 2018 that this request should cover the last 6 months.


This response covers Scottish Government Core Directorates.

Between 1 August 2017 – 31 January 2018 we received no formal complaints from civil servants on the Scottish Government's interpretation/use of FOI legislation.

Civil Servants can raise complaints under the 'Raising a Concern under the Civil Service Code and Whistleblowing Policy'.

They can also raise complaints under the Fairness at Work policy which includes complaints about unfair working methods, conditions and workloads.

Both policies allow employees to discuss this informally with their line manager. There is no requirement to report or record informal action.

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards expected of staff and they must adhere to its core values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.

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Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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