Taking FOI forward

Scottish Information Commissioner Rosemary Agnew's 2013/14 Annual Report explores the performance of her office across the year, and introduces her plans to take FOI forward in Scotland in future.

Read the report:

Annual Report 2013/14 - Double Page View (PDF - 2.57MB)
Report presented for screen viewing - with double page view

Annual Report 2013/14 - Single Page View (PDF - 2.73MB)
Report presented for easy printing - with single page view

Key highlights include:

  • Appeals fell sightly during 2013/14, with 578 appeals received compared to 594 in 2012/13. The slight fall appears to be due to a fall in the number of appeals made because an authority had failed to respond with the statutory time limits.
  • We received our highest number of enquiries to date, at 2,008. This was an 11% rise on last year.
  • 62% of appeals were from members of the public.
  • In 67% of decisions the Commissioner found wholly or partly in favour of the requester.
  • Public awareness of FOI in Scotland is at 78%.
  • Scottish public authorities reported received over 60,000 FOI requests in 2013/14.
  • 75% of our appeals took less than 4 months to resolve.
  • There were no appeals to the Court of Session against decisions issued in 2013/14.
  • We launched a new programme of regional "roadshows", which saw the Commissioner and her staff deliver FOI training to over 200 participants from a range of backgrounds.

Appeal statistics - by Region and Sector:

Our 2013/14 Annual Report (above) contains details of the appeals received by the Commissioner over the year. More detailed information on the appeals received since 2005, broken down by public authority, region and sector, are available in the spreadsheets below:

2013/14 - Public Authority Tables by Region (Excel - 1.02MB)

2013/14 - Public Authority Tables by Sector (Excel - 324KB)

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