What we do
The Scottish Information Commissioner's office 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, the Commissioner 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
The Commissioner and the Commissioner's team:
- investigate applications and issues legally enforceable decisions;
- promote good practice amongst public authorities; and
- provide the public with information on their rights.
The Commissioner is supported by a team of 22 staff. Find out more about the role of the Commissioner and the Commissioner's team using the options on the left.
The Commissioner and the Management Team meet formally every quarter to review performance and develop the organisations strategic and operational plans. Find out more about these plans using the option on the left.
You can find out more information about how the Commissioner works with a wide range of organisations and stakeholders under "Strategic arrangements with other bodies" on the left.
The Commissioner is a public official appointed by Her Majesty The Queen on the nomination of the Scottish Parliament.
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. Find out more about the Commissioner's governance and finance using the option on the left.
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