Friday, April 01, 2011

Using your FOI rights, Glasgow 4 June 2011

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland is providing a half-day training course for Freedom of Information requesters in Glasgow on 4 June 2011. The course, which covers both the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act and the parallel Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations, will provide an introduction to the legislation and tell you how to use it.

The course will explain:

  • What information you are entitled to - and from whom
  • How to make an effective request
  • Key pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • What authorities should do to help you
  • When requests can be refused on cost grounds
  • How the Act's exemptions and the public interest test work
  • How to challenge refusals

The course will be presented by Carole Ewart, Co-convener of the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland, David Goldberg, a law lecturer and information rights campaigner, and Chris Bartter, who recently retired after 20 years as Communications Officer for UNISON Scotland, a union which has been a major user of FOI in its campaigns.

Further details here.

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