Decisions Round-up: 18 to 29 May 2015



We published two decisions between 18 and 29 May - details, links and learning points below.

Key messages:

  • Be clear on what information is being requested
    Where it is not clear what information has been asked for, you should contact the requester as soon as possible for clarification. This did not happen in Decision 065/2015, where a full response was only provided by the authority after we had clarified (during our investigation), what the requester was looking for.

Decisions issued:

  • Decision 064/2015 Mark Howarth and City of Edinburgh Council
    Mr Howarth asked the Council for a full copy of a Significant Case Review report. The Council directed him to a redacted (blacked-out) version which was already publicly accessible. It refused to provide the redacted information, arguing that disclosure would breach the Data Protection Act's data protection principles. We accepted that disclosure of the information would breach data protection rules. This decision relates to the same information, and reaches the same conclusions, as Decision 050/2015 and Decision 058/2015 (See Decisions Round-up: 13 to 24 April 2015 and Decisions Round-up 4 to 8 May 2015 for a summary of these decisions).
  • Decision 065/2015 Mr D and the Scottish Prison Service (the SPS)
    Mr D asked the SPS for details of qualifications offered to prisoners. The SPS provided Mr D with details of courses offered and a list of qualifications. We found that the SPS failed to interpret Mr D's request properly and provide him with the information requested. We also found that the SPS had failed to give Mr D adequate advice and assistance. We were satisfied that these failures had been addressed by the end of our investigation.

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