‘Sensitive’ Scottish Government documents cast new light on FOI roles of ministers and advisers || Blog || Nov 2018
Newly released documents, obtained as a result of two appealed FOI requests, show that Ministers and Special Advisers have been deeply involved in the withholding of information from the public, sometimes despite the protests of civil servants – including those in the government’s own FOI Unit
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Scottish Government under fire over claims that Spads meddle with Freedom of Information requests || The Herald || May 2018
The Scottish Government is failing to act in the “spirit” of Freedom of Information laws, an architect of the legislation has claimed, as it was revealed scores of requests are regularly sent to special advisers and ministers for approval
A snapshot of requests over a two week period in March shows that out of 141 requests for information, 57 of them were referred to politically appointed advisers and 39 were subject to “ministerial approval”