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Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF)

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The Albany Learning & Conference Centre (GCVS)

44 Ashley Street

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G3 6DS

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The meeting takes place on International Right to Know Day, an annual awareness raising day to help people over the world better understand their right to know and to access information.

Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland and UNISON Scotland have organised this meeting in partnership with GCVS, who are hosting and supporting the event, in a bid to help colleagues from Third and Public Sectors better understand their rights and their responsibilities under Freedom of Information Laws, and the rights of the people they work with and for.

On the day we'll have inputs from a range of experts, including: Margaret Keyse, Acting Scottish Information Commissioner; Carole Ewart, Convener of the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS); and Dr David Goldberg, who will speak about the project for International Right to Know Day.

The meeting will be Chaired by Dave Watson, Head of Policy & Public Affairs at UNISON Scotland - the Minutes of the last SPIF meeting held in May are available on the CFoIS website.


About SPIF

SPIF’s remit is to ‘enable the long-term effectiveness of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FoISA) and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004’ (EIR(S)s). Although its role is incorporated in the Scottish Government’s Six FoI principles published in 2007, SPIF had not met for seven years which created a vacuum in stakeholder engagement. . The Scottish Government's six FoI principles state:

"Maintains effective relationships with the Scottish Information Commissioner and other key stakeholders- We ensure the effective operation of the Act by fostering and maintaining good working relationships on Freedom of Information with stakeholders such as other public authorities and the Scottish Public Information Forum."

More information is available at http://www.gov.scot/About/Information/FOI/6principles

In May 2017 CFoIS and UNSION Scotland decided to reconvene SPIF to focus on:

  • Acting as a sounding-board on the practical operation of FoISA and the EIR(S)s.

  • Sharing experiences of FOI and the EIR (S)s

  • Sharing good practice on FoI and EIR(S)s.

  • Discuss progress updates from the Scottish Information Commissioner

The provisional agenda for SPIF is:

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Update on Scottish Parliament review of FoISA and the Independent Inquiry

3. Designation of new bodies under FoISA

4. Access to information and human rights

5. Office of the Scottish InformationCommissioner

6. Showcasing best practice

7.Sector updates

8. AoCB


About GCVS

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector was founded in 1972 and is the main development agency and advocate for the Voluntary Sector in Glasgow.

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector has over 600 members across Glasgow and works to represent the challenges, views and needs of members and some 1500 additional groups and services across the city.

A key partner in Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector is funded, in part, by the Scottish Government to help the sector develop, grow and influence policy and planning at citywide and national levels.

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