Freedom of Information
What is Freedom of Information?
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 came into full force on 1 January 2005. The Act aims to increase openness and accountability in government and across the public sector by ensuring that people have the right to access information held by Scottish public authorities. People are able to see and question how public bodies like Angus Council work and how decisions are made.
Who does it apply to?
The Act applies to practically all public bodies in Scotland, including local authorities, the NHS, Colleges and Universities, the Police, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive. The Act also applies to companies wholly owned by a public authority and it may even apply to private companies carrying out a function for a public authority, for example under a contract. A full list of the organisations affected is set out in the Act and the Scottish Ministers can add further bodies.
What type of information is covered?
The Act covers any information of any age which is held by the public body and is recorded in a permanent form, such as information recorded in electronic format or on paper.
What does Freedom of Information mean for you?
The Act allows anyone (individual or organisation), anywhere to ask for information from the Council. It does not matter how old the information is or why it was created. If the Council holds the information, then we must give you access to it, unless an exemption applies. The Council has adopted a Publication Scheme so that you can see what sort of information we routinely publish. Where the information you wish to access is not contained in the Publication Scheme, the Council will have to respond to your individual requests for that information.