What are my rights?


You have a right to get information from Scottish public bodies.

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 give you the right to ask for and be given information from a wide range of public organisations in Scotland.

You can use your rights to ask for all sorts of information, for example:

  • Why decisions affecting local services have been made, such as a decision to cut some services at your local hospital, or to combine nearby schools.
  • How authorities decide which roads to repair, or who should receive funding.

Or you may want to find out about:

  • The contract under which a private company is providing a service for a Scottish public authority, such as a care home service, or details of any agreed standards that the service must meet.
  • Studies carried out before decisions are taken, for instance on the safety of vaccines or medicines.

Find out how to use your rights using the links on the left.

Find out how other people have used their right to information.

Your Right to Know - a guide to FOI

You can download a copy of our guide to your rights below. Or, if you'd prefer, contact us to ask for a printed copy.


 Your Right To Know - A Guide to FOI in Scotland (PDF - 2.7MB)

 Your Right to Know - Guide to FOI in Scotland (Word - 60KB)

We also publish an introduction to FOI in 10 community languages.

Any questions?

If you can't find the answer to your question contact us and we'd be happy to help.

Your Right to Know - BSL Version