Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - information request handling: annual report 2019

2019 annual report on the handling of information requests made to the Scottish Government under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Costs of responding

In 2012, the Scottish Government undertook a costing exercise to provide an estimate of the amount of time/money it takes officials to respond to requests. The report on the findings of this exercise was published in 2012. Combined average cost figures from Table 12 of this report have been used as the basis for costings in previous annual reports.

In 2018 we uprated these estimates. Our revised estimates for the combined average cost of each stage of the process are:

Stage Cost
Requests £234
Reviews £454
Appeals £1456

Based on these uprated figures, the estimated cost of responding to information requests, reviews and appeals during 2019 is shown in the table below.

Stage Cost
Requests £713,466
Reviews £125,304
Appeals £64,064
Total £902,834



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