Who can I ask?


FOI covers a wide range of organisations right across Scotland.

Your right to information applies to organisations that are covered by the FOI Act. In general, it applies to Scottish public bodies and a number of other organisations that provide public services for Scottish public bodies. This includes:

  • the Scottish Government
  • local councils
  • the NHS
  • police and fire services
  • universities and colleges
  • housing associations

and many other bodies. These organisations must comply with the FOI Act, including by responding to requests for information.

There are three ways in which an organisation may be covered by the FOI Act:

If your request is for environmental information, you also have the right to ask for information from other organisations, as well as those listed above. Find out more in our guidance on requests for environmental information.

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