This is the UNISON Scotland response to the Scottish Government consultation on extending coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. (FOISA)
UNISON’s interest in FOI includes our campaigns function, the fact that we make regular use of FOI at Scottish and local levels, and the fact that we are the union that represents most FOI staff in public bodies. We welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation.
Along with many others, including the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland, we are longstanding campaigners for strong Freedom of Information legislation and for extending the 2002 Act to cover all public services, however they are provided, including in our recent response on post legislative scrutiny. We endorse the CFoIS response to this consultation.