Freedom of information policy statement
In order to implement organisational commitments in respect of freedom of information, we have established a comprehensive and coherent policy statement.
Our principles are to:
• meet legal, regulatory standards and good practice guidance relating to freedom of information;
• promote equality issues throughout freedom of information services; this process is often referred to as “mainstreaming of equality;”
• provide requesters for information with advice and information so that their applications are dealt with effectively;
• implement a comprehensive Information Scheme that enables individuals to access information to complement their personal right to make information requests;
• provide clear information on our website about individuals’ rights under freedom of information law, as well as establishing guidance for staff;
• work with other organisations, including the Scottish Information Commissioner to promote individuals’ rights to access information;
• manage our performance using a number of performance indicators to cover key aspects of our freedom of information services;
• provide staff training to promote effective implementation of our freedom of information policy and related procedures;
• ensure that requesters are given information about their rights to seek reviews and lodge appeals with the Scottish Information Commissioner; and
• review our freedom of information policy every three years or sooner, as appropriate, for instance, due to any changes to law or guidance.