Our Performance

Snapshot – key facts and figures from 2010

408 applications

408 new applications were received from individuals seeking information on a wide range of issues.


249 cases were closed with decision.
50% more than in 2009


We answered 1733 enquiries a 12% increase on 2009 and a 38% increase on 2007.


61% of cases were closed
within 4 months. 88% of cases
were closed within 9 months
and 96% within 12 months.


74% of applications were received
from members of the public. 11%
were received from the media.


14 assessments of public authority
practice were carried out.


1,625 stakeholders subscribe to
the Commissioner's bi-monthly
Inform newsletter.


33 presentations were delivered
on FOI rights to a wide range of


214 delegates attended Centre
for FOI
seminars during 2010, to
consider, explore and debate
developments in FOI. The Centre
for FOI is a collaboration between the Commissioner and Dundee
Law School.


50 stakeholders responded to the
Commissioner's consultation on
revising the approach to FOI
publication schemes
, with the
majority of responses coming from
Scottish public authorities covered
by the legislation.


We received 157 FOI requests for
information held by the
Commissioner, a 20% increase on


Our budget was £1.69 million,
with 23 members of staff.

72,500 visitors

We have had over 72,500 different visitors to our website www.itspublicknowledge.info in 2010, with an average
of over 6,000 visitors per month. While most visitors were from the UK, we also had visitors from nearly 200 other
countries, reflecting Scotland's strong international profile on FOI.