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Building IconNew to freedom of information?

 

Whether you're a new public authority covered by freedom of information (FOI), or an existing organisation which has become subject to FOI for the first time, the resources on this page will help you set up your FOI function.

Authorities who invest time and effort in preparing for FOI, and who put arrangements in place from the start are more likely to "get it right first time", have fewer problems and get more benefit from being subject to FOI laws.

Where to start?

You can ensure you are focusing on all the essential elements you need to have in place by following our guidance:

Setting up your FOI function: Guidance for Scottish public authorities new to FOI.

PDF iconSetting up your FOI function: Guidance for Scottish public authorities new to FOI

Our checklist is useful for keeping your preparations on track:

Checklist for Scottish public authorities new to FOI

Word DocumentSetting up your FOI function: Checklist for Scottish public authorities new to FOI

Additional resources

We publish a great deal of resources and guidance throughout this website. Appendix 1 of the above Guidance document provides links to legislation, etc.

Our briefings and guidance page is also an easy way to locate relevant content on specific issues.

You can see learning and support materials provided to new bodies by following the links below:

If you need more advice about setting up your FOI function, contact us.

 

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