Freedom of Information

Freedom of InformationYou have statutory rights to access information held by public authorities, which are also required to proactively publish information.

The sections below:

  • Explain how to access information held by the Scottish Government and its agencies,
  • Provide information about the freedom of information legislation and its policy background.

The Scottish Government's commitment to freedom of information is highlighted by its six principles:

The Scottish Government's Six Principles

How to Access Information

How to access information held by the Scottish Government

How to make a request under Freedom of Information, for Environmental Information or request personal data.

A-Z of Scottish Government information

An A-Z index of information published by the Scottish Government online.

The Scottish Government's Guide to Information

The guide to information sets out how the Scottish Government makes information available through the Scottish Information Commissioner's model publication scheme.

Recent Disclosures

Details of FOI disclosures made by the Scottish Government where the material is new or of wider interest.

Information about freedom of information legislation and its policy background

Legislation

Information about the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Codes of Practice

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 requires Scottish Ministers to issue two codes of practice, under sections 60 and 61 of the Act

Guidance and Training

FOI Guidance and e-Learning for Scottish Government staff and training materials