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Information and Lockdown

Emergency legislation always throws up a number of quirks and one area where this is the case at present is in relation to freedom of information.  Everyone accepts that the current circumstances will affect the ability of public authorities to … Continue reading

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What Constitutes ‘Success’ in the Use of Public Access to Environmental Information: Learning from the Project Findings

On 12 March 2020 Dr Sean Whittaker delivered a talk to the Information Requests Network in Glenrothes, discussing key findings of the “Uncovering the Environment: the Use of Public Access to Environmental Information” project. Dr Whittaker also highlighted the upcoming … Continue reading

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Information is Power: How Public Authorities and Freedom of Information Officers Perceive Their Power in Relation to the Right to Access Environmental Information

In the first part of this series of blog posts we discussed how users of the right of access to environmental information in Scotland perceived themselves to be less powerful than Scottish public authorities under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations … Continue reading

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Presentation of Oral Evidence to the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee

On 3 October 2019 Professor Colin Reid presented oral evidence to the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee regarding the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. This evidence was based on the project’s current findings, and focused on the connections … Continue reading

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Exceptions and Conflict under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations: Part I

In responding to requests for environmental information under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, Scottish public authorities are entitled to refuse to disclose the requested information. However, public authorities can only do so if the request falls within one of … Continue reading

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