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Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF)

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Albany Learning Centre

44 Ashley Street

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G36DS

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Thanks to GCVS for hosting and supporting this meeting which is convened to mark Interntional Right to Know Day. A networking lunch will be available from 12.30 and SPIF will start at 1pm.

Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introductions - GCVS

  2. Approval of Minutes of 25th March 2019 and matters arising

  3. Keynote Address for International Right to Know Day 'Access to Information and Democratic Accountability', Adrian Hayes - Compliance Manager, Office of the Jersey Information Commissioner. Q & A https://jerseyoic.org/

  4. Presentation from Daren Fitzhenry, Scottish Information Commissioner

  5. Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FoISA) For more information see Committee's website https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/111249.aspx

  6. Designation of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) under FoISA - update on progress

  7. Update from the Scottish Government

  8. Update from UK Information Commissioner's Office

  9. Update from CFoIS

  10. AOCB

International Celebrations on the Right to Access Information

This event forms part of a programme of international events to highlight the importance of people, everywhere and equally, being able to exercise their right to access information. For more information go to https://www.righttoknowday.net/en/

About SPIF

The Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF) is an opportunity for rights holders and duty bearers to meet and discuss 'access to information' in Scotland and consider how laws which force disclosure of information are operating. Learning from each other is a key way to improve understanding and practice. If you work for the public sector, civil society or the private sector this meeting will be useful in your work, and members of the public are also invited to attend.

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) has taken the initiative to organise SPIF and is keen to assist colleagues from the Third Sector to better understand their rights under freedom of information laws. Therefore we are delighted that GCVS has agreed to host SPIF in Glasgow. For more information about GCVS go to www.gcvs.org.uk/

History of 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). Its role is incorporated in the Scottish Government’s Six FoI principles published in 2007:

"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." http://www.gov.scot/About/Information/FOI/6principles

After being overlooked for 7 years, in May 2017 SPIF was reconvened to:

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

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

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

  • Discuss progress updates from the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner


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