The Scottish Information Commissioner - It's Public Knowledge
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The Scottish Information Commissioner's office promotes and enforces both the public's right to ask for the information held by Scottish public authorities, and good practice by authorities. Through our work, we support the openness, transparency and accountability of public bodies.

The Commissioner is responsible for enforcing and promoting Scotland's freedom of information laws, namely:

The Commissioner and the Commissioner's team:

  • investigate applications and issues legally enforceable decisions;
  • promote good practice amongst public authorities; and
  • provide the public with information on their rights.

The Commissioner is supported by a team of 22 staff.

The Commissioner and the Management Team meet formally every quarter to review performance and develop the organisation's strategic and operational plans.

You can find out more information about how the Commissioner works with a wide range of organisations and stakeholders at strategic arrangements with other bodies.

The Commissioner is a public official appointed by Her Majesty The Queen on the nomination of the Scottish Parliament.

The Commissioner is funded by the Scottish Parliament, and the budget is submitted to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body every year for agreement. The Commissioner submits monthly financial performance reports to the SPCB, and these are made publicly available. Find out more about the Commissioner's governance and finance.  

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