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Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF)

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CVS Inverclyde,

Inverclyde Community Hub

75-81 Cathcart Street

Greenock

PA15 1DE

United Kingdom

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The meeting will begin with a light lunch to facilitate networking. Thanks to CVS Inverclyde for supporting this meeting.

Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introductions - CVS Inverclyde

  2. Approval of Minutes of 28th September 2018 and matters arising

  3. Presentation from Sean Whittaker on the 'Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information' Project, based at the University of Dundee. The project is exploring how the right of access to environmental information is guaranteed in Scotland and to identify the nature and scale of how the right is used.

  4. Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FoISA) - discussion on the remit and timeframe agreed by the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee of the Scottish Parliament. For more information see Committee's website https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/public-audit-committee.aspx and the Minute of 10th January 2019 at https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/101363.aspx

  5. Designation of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) under FoISA - update on progress of laying the Order at the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government has confirmed, in a letter to CFoIS, that it will lay an Order early in 2019 and it will commence this year. Originally the dates for commencement were 1st April 2018 and then 1st April 2019. The Scottish Government intends to propose that RSL subsidiary companies – and the information they hold - will be "within scope of FOISA insofar as they are undertaking the same functions for which the parent RSL would be designated."

  6. Update from Daren Ftizhenry, the Scottish Information Commissioner.

  7. Update from Maureen Falconer, UK Information Commissioner's Office.

  8. AOCB

About SPIF

The Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF) is an opportunity for rights holders and duty bereres 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 CVS Inverclyde has agreed to host SPIF in Greenock. For more information about CVS Inverclyde go to https://www.cvsinverclyde.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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CVS Inverclyde,

Inverclyde Community Hub

75-81 Cathcart Street

Greenock

PA15 1DE

United Kingdom

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