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Strategic and Operational Plans

The Scottish Information Commissioner is required to lay a four-year Strategic Plan before the Scottish Parliament, on how the Commissioner proposes to perform his or her functions during that four year period.

In March 2020 the Commissioner laid a new Strategic Plan for 2020 to 2024 before the Scottish Parliament:

Strategic Plan 2020 to 2024


The Vision

The impact of Freedom of Information is increased, being recognised and valued as the key enabler of openness and transparency of public functions in Scotland, enhancing people's right to access the information that matters to them

Strategic Objectives

To realise this Vision, the Commissioner's office will:

  1. Increase knowledge and understanding of FOI rights
  2. Enable and support high standards of FOI policy and practice
  3. Develop Scottish public sector culture and practice where the proactive disclosure of information is routine and valued
  4. Influence and support the development and strengthening of Scottish FOI law and practice
  5. Contribute to Scotland being respected as a world-leader in openness and transparency
  6. Be recognised as an organisation of independent and trusted experts that is run efficiently, governed effectively and is open and transparent.

Operational Plan

Each year, the Commissioner also publishes an annual Operational Plan, which sets out the specific programme of activity we will deliver over the year, in pursuit of the key strategic themes as set out in the four-year plan. Our current plan can be seen below:

Operational Plan 2020-2021

Please note, this particular plan sits within the previous Strategic Plan. For all previous operational plans and strategies, please see our strategic plan archive.


British Sign Language Plan

The Scottish Information Commissioner has published a BSL plan, in line with the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015. It sets out the 14 actions which we will take over the period 2018-2023 to improve access to information and services for BSL users. Read the plan or view a BSL translation of the plan.

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