Polaris at Whollyrude has a disturbing post about how the Scottish Government is 'turning away perfectly valid information requests'.
Kevin Dunion, the Scottish Information Commissioner and ex-Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth, has publicly stated that 'the Scottish Government has adopted a rather restrictive view of it and is now issuing, almost as a matter of course, refusal notices saying requests are invalid if they make reference to documents.'
Only 39% of people know that the FOI Act offers a legal right to obtain information held by public authorities. Dunion is keen to see more young people and pensioners using the Act, whose remit is expected to be widened soon to cover trusts running public amenities and private companies receiving contracts from public bodies.
May I suggest he sorts out the Scottish Government's attitude to providing information before the Act is widened. The few times I have sought information from public bodies through FOI the response was 'We are unable to provide you with the information you requested as it is restricted by the Data Protection Act'. Such a poor excuse.