Monday, October 04, 2004

Scotland: Public in dark over Information Act

IC Ayreshire

"Just one in three Scots are aware of new laws that will soon give them greater access to information about the workings of government and other public bodies, according to a new report.

In a national survey of 1,009 Scots, carried out months before new freedom of information (FOI) laws come into force, just 30% said they had definitely heard of the Act which gives them extra rights to disclosure from public authorities.

A further 14% said they thought they had heard of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, which was passed by MSPs in 2002."

Would be interesting to see a comparable poll for England and Wales

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