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Freedom of information (FOI): document collection

Published: 8 Feb 2018

This document collection brings together key information relating to Freedom of Information.

8 Feb 2018
Freedom of information (FOI): document collection

Requesting information

Find out how to request information from us.

See our guide to information which sets out what we publish and how it should be made available and includes our six principles of FOI.

Coronavirus outbreak

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act made a number of temporary amendments to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA).  This allowed public authorities some additional breathing space when responding to requests under FOISA, in recognition of pressures associated with the coronavirus outbreak.  A number of these changes are now reversed by the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act. This includes a reversal of the previous extension to statutory deadlines for responses and reviews, which have now returned to their original 20 working days.

Nevertheless, the Scottish Information Commissioner continues to recognise that the Coronavirus outbreak affects the context in which public authorities – including the Scottish Government – must consider and respond to requests under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.  More information about Covid-19 and FOI is available on the Commissioner’s website.


Publication of FOI responses

We are committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests.

View all FOI responses at

Scottish Information Commissioner intervention 

In November 2017, the Scottish Information Commissioner announced an intervention to consider how the Scottish Government handles FOI requests.

Our action plan was agreed by the Commissioner in November 2018.

Further information, including correspondence with the Commissioner is also published.

We are implementing the FOI improvement action plan agreed with the Commissioner as part of FOI improvement project

Performance reporting

We publish monthly figures and annual reports on our performance and response times for handling Freedom of Information requests. Previous published annual reports can be accessed at the following links:

Previous FOI reporting information can be found in our archive.

Guidance for public bodies

Extension of FOI coverage

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA) 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.

This can be done by making an order under section 5 of FOISA, which designates those bodies as a Scottish public authority for the purposes of the legislation.

Extension of FOI coverage to registered social landlords

Subject to Parliamentary approval, in November 2019 the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 will be extended to cover registered social landlords and their subsidiaries. 

See our final conclusions following the consultation on the draft order under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

We have published a business regulatory impact assessment (BRIA), an equality impact assessment (EQIA) and a child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) of the planned FOI coverage extension to registered social landlords. 

Archived FOI information

If you can't find the information you are looking for check our archive of FOI content.


Freedom of Information Unit
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