News 14th June 2015

Scottish Government consulting on extending Freedom of Information Act

by Tim Hughes

The Scottish Government is consulting on extending Freedom of Information Act:

“The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides a statutory right of access to information held by Scottish public authorities.

The provisions of the Act 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.

The Scottish Government has previously extended coverage of the Act to include a range of local authority arm’s length organisations delivering sporting, cultural and leisure services.

The Government is now consulting on further extension of coverage – to contractors who run privately-managed prisons; providers of secure accommodation for children; grant-aided schools, and independent special schools.”

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