Freedom of Information 2021

Freedom of Information

Almost twenty years on from its passage in 2002, Scotland’s Freedom of Information law sits at a crossroads.

The pandemic led to significant delays in responding to FOI requests, with the Scottish Government recording its worst performance since 2017.

Meanwhile the Scottish Government has announced it plans to consult on potential changes to FOI law in Scotland, following a year-long review into FOISA by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee.

Join Holyrood Events as we discuss the potential impact of these reforms, as well as examining best practice in delivery of existing FOI legislation.

This event is CPD certified in principle

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Severin Carrell
Guardian News and Media
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Dr Karen Mc Cullagh
University of East Anglia
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Oisín Murphy-Lawless
Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland
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Mhairi Snowden
Human Rights Consortium Scotland
George Adam MSP
The Scottish Government
Eileen Barr
TC Young Solicitors
Daren Fitzhenry

Having heard from the Minister for Parliamentary Business and the Scottish Information Commissioner, our focus here will be on the requester’s experience during the pandemic. What challenges were faced and how were they overcome? What lessons have been learned and how could the process be improved in the future? 

Delegates will enter the break out room for a more interactive session

The pandemic has reiterated the importance of timely, trustworthy information from public authorities.  As the Scottish Government prepares to consult on changes to the approach to proactive publication, we will hear from organisations that responded well to the increased demand for information during the pandemic; discuss strategies that could be more widely adopted to improve publication; and explore the role FOI can play in tackling disinformation.  

With the Scottish Government due to consult shortly on the possible extension of FOI, here we will consider what organisations could and should be included in any extension. We’ll also hear how Registered Social Landlords are responding to FOI requests, after they became subject to the legislation in November 2019. 

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    • Start Date
      23 Nov 2021 10:00 am
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      23 Nov 2021 3:00 pm
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