Freedom of information
Post Legislative Scrutiny - Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Submission from Common Weal
Common Weal has responded to the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee’s call for views on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
You can read the full response to the call for views here.
Open Letter: Expand and Strengthen Freedom of Information Legislation
The following open letter, submitted by Severin Carrell, Rob Edwards, James McEnaney, Ally Tibbitt and 36 others to the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee in its call for evidence for its review of the 2002 Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, is being published jointly by CommonSpace and The Ferret. The deadline for submissions to the Committee has been extended to 21 June.
Analysis: When it comes to the threat of US extradition, the #Assange case is simple
The Wikileaks founder has been arrested under an extradition warrant to the US in connection with Wikileaks activities with Chelsea Manning
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has been dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London [11 April] and arrested for failing to surrender himself to British courts in 2012.
Most ominously, he was taken to a London Police station and immediately re-arrested under the terms of an extradition warrant relating to the activities of his website, which publishes documents leaked from the US and other powerful states.
Exclusive: Scottish Government deny special advisers responsible for delaying FoI request about special advisers
Scottish Information Commissioner has criticised government proposals for FoI reform to the responsibilities of special advisers in the FoI process
THE Scottish Government has denied that its Special Advisers (SPADs) are responsible for a long delay in an FoI request specifically about SPAD communications, despite email evidence to the contrary.
Scottish Enterprise will not sign secrecy deals with companies again, following public outcry
Scottish Enterprise reveals secret £500k recipient as Silva Renewables, says it will not sign confidentiality agreements again
AFTER BOWING to public pressure to reveal the identity of the secret company which it granted nearly £500k, Scottish Government economic development agency Scottish Enterprise has confirmed to CommonSpace that it will not sign confidentiality agreements in future.
‘Time for a thorough review’ of transparency in wake of Scottish Enterprise secret payments, campaigners say
Campaigners say a lack of transparency on the use of taxpayers’ money fuels public distrust in institutions
AFTER REVELATIONS that Scottish Enterprise has provided almost £500,000 of funds to a company which it refuses to name due to a confidentiality agreement, transparency campaigners say it’s time for a “thorough review of what transparency actually means”.
Information Commissioner tells the Scottish Government its handling of FoI requests ‘inherently wrong’
Journalist and transparency campaigner James McEnaney said the Scottish Government owed journalists an apology for its handling of FoI requests
SCOTLAND’S Information Commissioner has issued a scolding to the Scottish Government for the way it handles FoI requests from journalists in particular, whose requests are treated differently from others, take longer to process and are more likely to be ignored.
#RoyalWedding: 5 ways the royal family are more powerful than any celebrity
Ahead of the royal wedding, CommonSpace looks at the often-unexamined powers and privileges enjoyed by the ultimate British institution
THE BRITISH MONARCHY is typically portrayed by its defenders as a largely symbolic and unobtrusive ornament to the UK’s system of government – one of positive benefit to its economy and national standing, and unthreatening to its nominal parliamentary democracy.