Freedom of Information FOI

Covid-19 and FOI

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Council is having to prioritise essential services at this time. This may have an impact on our ability to meet statutory response times. However, we will try and respond to requests as promptly as possible.

Freedom of Information FOI

The FOI Scottish law gives everyone a right to see information collected and held by the Council, unless there is a good reason for not disclosing it. Following the passing of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act, the response time for responding to FOI requests has increased from 20 to 60 working days.

Requests for environmental information remain at 20 working days, with an option to extend for a further 20 working days if the request is complex.

If we can't give you the information

If we can't give you the information, we will write to you. If you disagree with this or are unhappy with how we have dealt with your request, you can ask us to review the decision. Due to temporary changes in law, FOI review times have been extended from 20 to 60 working days.

The FOI Scottish law gives everyone a right to see information collected and held by the Council, unless there is a good reason for not disclosing it.

Ask for 

Check FOI disclosure log

Before you make a new request, check if we've already published what you want. 

Check FOI disclosure log

Make a FOI

We keep a list of what we routinely publish, grouped into subjects. Read more about 

Make an FOI request

Alternatively, ask us in writing by email or post. If you need any help to make your request, or if you need the information in another language or format, please contact us. 

We will respond to you within 20 working days, Although we may ask you for more details.

Cost

In some cases, there is a cost for providing the information, which we will tell you in advance. Please note we may not supply information if the cost makes it unreasonable to do so.

Download an explanation of FOI costs (PDF - 21.5KB)

If we can't give you the information

If we can't give you the information, we will write to you. If you disagree with this or are unhappy with how we have dealt with your request, you can ask us to review the decision.

If you then do not agree with the outcome of the review, you can appeal to the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner.