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Book IconOur Publication Scheme

The Scottish Information Commissioner has adopted the Single Model Publication Scheme 2015, in its entirety.  The adoption period runs until 31 May 2019.

To view the Single Model Publication Scheme, follow this link:

In adopting the Single Model Scheme, the Commissioner has produced a 'Guide to Information' which:

  • allows you to see what information is available (and what is not available) in relation to each class;
  • states what charges may be applied;
  • explains how to find the information easily;
  • provides contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information;
  • explains how to request information that has not been published.

You can view the Guide to Information by following this link: Our Guide to Information

Alternatively you can contact us on 01334 464610 to ask for a hard copy to be posted to you. 


How to request information which is not in our publication scheme 

If the information you want is not in our publication scheme, you have the right to request it from us.  The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 gives you a right of access to the information we hold (whether we publish it or not), subject to certain exemptions.  Find out more about Making an Information Request to the Commissioner.

Charges for information

The Commissioner's charging policy for information is available below to download.

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The Commissioner's Charging for Information Policy (PDF - 111 kB)

In summary:

There is no charge for downloading information from our website. If we send published information to you, we may ask you to pay the costs of providing it to you e.g., photocopying and postage.

We may charge for unpublished information provided in response to a request for it.  Where it would cost us £100 or less to provide the information to you, we will not impose a charge. If it costs us between £100 and £600 to provide the information, we may ask you to pay 10% of that part of the cost.  So, for example, if it costs us £400, then we may charge up to £30 (i.e. first £100 is free, then we may charge 10% of the cost between £100 and £400). 

Where it would cost more than £600 to provide information to you, we may ask you to pay the costs as set out above up to �600 and the remaining costs over £600 in full. 

In the case of requests for a person's own personal data (subject access request), we may charge up to £10 per request.

We are pleased to provide advice and assistance to help requesters frame their requests to reduce the possibility of charges for information.