Our Public Law team blog on a proposed extension to the number of bodies subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Under the proposals, arm’s length bodies set up by local authorities to carry out certain functions will be within scope. IT and outsourcing vendors who currently provide services to these sorts of organisations (or are considering bidding for contract opportunities) may wish to bear this in mind when reviewing their contracts.

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The Scottish Government last week announced its intention to increase the number of bodies subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“FOISA”).   The Government wants to extend FOISA to arm’s length bodies established by local authorities that provide cultural, sports and leisure activities to the public.  It remains to be seen whether they will achieve their aim:  long-in-the-tooth FOI practitioners will know the history of attempts by previous administrations in Scotland to expand the scope of FOI.

Currently FOISA applies to the list of organisations at Schedule 1 (as amended from time to time by section 4).  The Scottish Ministers can also designate other bodies as a ‘Scottish public authority’ under section 5 of FOISA  if they are neither already on Schedule 1 nor capable of being added to Schedule 1 by the section 4 power.    Now that all sounds quite complicated, but in order to be designated a public authority the body must be exercising functions…

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