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Commissioner's farewell message






If you had told me this time last year that I would be leaving the post of Scottish Information Commissioner a year early, I would not have believed you. I have never made it a secret about how much I enjoy being Commissioner, nor how committed I am to openness, transparency and access to information. None of that has changed and I take my transparency principles with me as I move on to become the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman on 1 May 2017. Even so, I am very sad about leaving.

I want to take the opportunity to pass on my personal thanks to everyone who uses FOI, and those of you in Scottish public authorities who work so hard to make information accessible and who respond to information requests. I especially want to thank the excellent team here in St Andrews for their dedication and contribution to FOI.

As you may have read in my recent special report on proactive publication, I believe we generally do well in Scotland. We are not perfect by any means, but we have a strong regime that enables access to a lot of information. The challenge for all of us is how we develop FOI from such a strong starting point in a rapidly changing world.

Good luck to you all and keep up the good work.

Rosemary Agnew






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