Coronavirus Act: Temporary changes to FOI are extended

29 September 2020

The Scottish Parliament has extended the lifespan of temporary changes to FOI law, which were made by emergency legislation passed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The changes to FOI law were due to expire on 30 September 2020, but have been extended to 31 March 2021. The extension was made by  The Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment of Expiry Dates) Regulations 2020.

The temporary changes allow the Scottish Information Commissioner to decide that a public authority has not failed to comply with the FOI Act when it fails to meet FOI timescales if he is satisfied that the failure was due to the effect of coronavirus on the authority, and was reasonable in all the circumstances.

The changes also allow public authorities, including the Commissioner to issue notices electronically (rather than by post).

For more information on the changes made to FOI law as a result of coronavirus emergency legislation, visit our Covid-19 Info Hub.

 

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