Practice recommendations

The Commissioner can issue a Practice Recommendation if a public authority appears not to be conforming to the good practice described by the Scottish Ministers' Codes of Practice under sections 60 and 61 of the Act.

Practice recommendations are not enforceable, but the Commissioner expects authorities to comply within a reasonable time (generally six months from the date of issue). If an authority fails to comply after that time, the Commissioner may consider issue of an Enforcement Notice.

The Commissioner issues many fewer Practice Recommendations than Decision Notices (formal notices on FOI appeals).

View the Commissioner's Decision Notices in our Decisions Database.

Practice rec. number Public authority Issue date Reason Compliance due date Status
001/2021 Aberdeenshire Council
07/12/2021 Responsibility for FOI within an authority; consulting third parties 28/02/2022 Awaiting compliance
01/2012 University of the Highlands and Islands 07/06/2012 Training; management and culture; procedures; reviews; monitoring 07/12/2012 Authority complied
01/2010 Scottish Borders Council 06/07/2010 Training; timescales for responding to requests; monitoring; refusals of requests 06/10/2010 Authority complied


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