Freedom of Information (FOISA)

 Contact Details

Senior Library and Information Officer
Central Library
The Wellgate
 Tel: 01382 431535

 Freedom of Information (FOISA)

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities and some organisations, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of related obligations on public authorities and some organisations including ’Guide to Information’ schemes and records management. The Act applies to any records held by the authority/organisation no matter when they were created.

Since January 2005, any person who makes a request to a public authority/organisation for information must be informed whether the authority/organisation holds that information and, subject to exemptions, supplied with that information.

Individuals also have the right to apply for information about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Also see Leisure and Culture Dundee's Data Protection Policy.

As far as public authorities/organisations are concerned, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act extends this right of access to non-personal information. Public authorities/organisations are required to adopt a Model Publication Scheme and to maintain a Guide to Information (266kb MSWord) setting out the classes of information that are available, the manner in which they publish the information and whether a charge will be made for the information.

The purpose of a Guide to Information (266kb MSWord) is to ensure that a significant amount of information is available without the need for a specific request. Guides are intended to encourage organisations to publish more information pro-actively and to develop a greater culture of openness.

Leisure and Culture Dundee has adopted the Model Publication Scheme of the Scottish Information Commissioner.

Leisure and Culture Dundee has also produced a Guide to Information (266kb MSWord).

If the information you seek is not available through the Guide to Information (266kb MSWord) then you can apply for this information by submitting a written request.

A form to assist you with these requests is available here, or alternatively, send an email to Tips for requesters are available on the Scottish Information Commissioner website.

The right to apply for environmental information has been strengthened. Details about this can found in the section on Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

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