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About the Scottish Information Commissioner

The Scottish Information Commissioner is a public official appointed by Her Majesty The Queen on the nomination of the Scottish Parliament. 

The Scottish Information Commissioner promotes and enforces both the public’s right to ask for the information held by Scottish public authorities, and good practice by authorities. Through her work she supports the openness, transparency and accountability of public bodies.

The Commissioner is responsible for enforcing and promoting Scotland's freedom of information laws, namely:

  • The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
  • The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004
  • The INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009  

Find out more about the Commissioner and the Commissioner's team using the options on the left.

The Scottish Information Commissioner:

  • investigates applications and issues legally enforceable decisions; 
  • promotes good practice amongst public authorities; and
  • provides the public with information on their rights.

The Commissioner is supported by a team of 21 staff, based in St Andrews, Fife.

The Commissioner and the Management Team meet formally every quarter to review performance and develop the strategic and operational plans. The current four-year Strategic Plan 2012-2016 outlines the Commissioner's key strategic themes, and annual Operational Plans sets out the programme of activity the Commissioner will follow each year, in pursuit of strategic goals.  Quarterly reports are published showing performance against Operational Plan targets, monthly caseload data and investigations performance statistics.

The Commissioner is funded by the Scottish Parliament, and the budget is submitted to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body every year for agreement.  The Commissioner submits monthly financial performance reports to the SPCB, and these are made publicly available.

The Commissioner works with a wide range of organisations and stakeholders in the pursuit of his/her duties, and publishes current strategic agreements with partners. 

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