Wednesday, July 16, 2008

SIC newsletter July/August 2008

The latest edition of Inform, the Scottish Information Commissioner's newsletter, has been published:
In this month's Inform I welcome the Scottish Government's commitment to consider extending FOI to cover more bodies, provide examples of cases which have been settled by my staff without the need for decision and introduce my new enforcement strategy, launched at the end of May.
Read the newsletter here.
ICO Annual Report 2007-08

The Information Commissioner's annual report has been published. The report gives the following figures for the office's FOI casework:

Received - 2,646
Closed - 2,658
Caseload carried forward to 2008/09 - 1,363

The 1,363 cases carried forward are made up of 950 cases received in 2007/08 and 413 cases carried forward from previous years.

Of the 2,646 cases received during 2007/08:
Closed 30 days or less - 51%
Closed 31-90 days - 6%
Closed closed 91-180 days - 3%
Closed 181-365 days - 4%
Open - 36%

Age of cases carried forward into 2008/09:
0-30 days - 6%
31-90 days - 15%
91-180 days - 15%
181-365 days - 32%
One yr to 18 mnths - 15%
18 mnths to 2 yrs - 10%
More than 2 yrs - 7%

Outcome of cases closed:
Informally resolved - 48%
Ineligible eg no internal review, out of time or undue delay - 33%
Decision notice served - 14%
No action required by ICO or complaint withdrawn - 1%
Other - 4%

Outcome of decision notices:
Partly upheld eg ICO ordered some disclosure but not all - 45%
Complaint upheld - 30%
Complaint not upheld - 25%

Appeals to the Information Tribunal:
Total appeals since January 2005 (from a total of 922 decision notices) - 235
Appeals caseload as at 31.3.08 (open cases) - 73

Completed outcome Tribunal appeals:
ICO decision upheld - 53% (85)
ICO decision overturned or varied - 28% (46)
Appeals withdrawn - 19% (31)

Parties appealing:
Complainants 71% (167)
Public authorities 29% (68)

Download the full report (Pdf)