This chapter focuses on the publication of information by public authorities in Scotland as a statutory obligation under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). FOISA requires each Scottissh authority to publish information in accordance with a publication scheme that it must adopt and maintain and has to be approved by the Scottish Information Commissioner. Authorities are free to publish as they see fit, tailored to their own circumstances, in recognition of their varying size and public-facing functions. Whatever they choose to do, the law requires that publication schemes must specify: classes of information which the authority publishes or intends to publish; the manner in which information of each class is, or is intended to be, published; and whether the published information is, or is intended to be, available to the public free of charge or on payment. In 2010, the Commissioner proposed a significant change in approach by introducing, among others, a single Model Publication Scheme, a generic set of classes of information, a standard charging policy for published information, a notification procedure, and a guide to information.
Keywords: publication of information, public authorities, Scotland, Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Scottish Information Commissioner, publication schemes, single Model Publication Scheme, charging policy
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