Authority Experience

Applications by sector

Applications can be made to the Commissioner where a requester is unhappy with the way that a Scottish public authority has dealt with an information request. Applications can be made in relation to any public authority that is covered by the FOI legislation.

For more details of the organisations covered by FOI click here.

Applications relating to local government bodies continued to dominate the Commissioner's caseload.

There was a reduction in the proportion of applications received in relation to central government bodies (i.e. the Scottish Ministers and Scottish Parliament) during 2010, and in relation to Scotland's police forces.

Alongside this, there was a significant rise in the proportion of applications received in relation to educational institutions (higher and further education bodies). This figure rose threefold, with 24 applications received in 2010 compared to eight in 2009.

*The 'Other body' classification includes applications made in relation to bodies that are not covered by FOI, along with bodies that do not fall within the scope of the FOI Act, but may be covered by the EIRs.

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