FoI Policy

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Author: Margaret Snellgrove
Date: 30 August 2016
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The Scottish Information Commissioner has launched a new online appeal service, there is now a direct link to the service on their website: www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal.

The online appeal service is available 24/7 and offers requesters real time help and advice about their appeal.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2002
This legislation puts an obligation on public authorities to make information readily accessible to the public and to comply with requests for information that is held but not published. It covers information relating to the educational activities of the school.

The Act requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. This outlines what information Ochil Tower School routinely publishes. Public authorities are under a legal obligation to:
publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost.

A FOISA request may come in to any part of the school and does not need to quote the legislation. It does however need to be made in writing (or other reviewable format to comply with Equality Act requirements) and a contact name and address (email address is suffice) is required.

Fees may apply – see our ‘Guide to Information’ for details.

There are formal processes for managing FOISA and EIR requests and all such requests must be forwarded to the Margaret Snellgrove immediately. There is a 20 day time limit for responses to requests for information.

All requests are logged and monitored, and statistics are reported quarterly to the Scottish Information Commissioner’s office.

Not all information is disc losable – there are ‘exemptions’ which apply and any queries about the validity of a request should be directed to Margaret Snellgrove as soon as possible on receipt of request.

Should a requester be dissatisfied with the response received from Ochil Tower School, they have a right to internal review, and then a further right of appeal to the Scottish information Commissioner. All responses to requests for information will detail these rights to enquirers.

Further information can be found on the Scottish Information Commissioner’s website ( www.itspublicknowledge.org ) or from Margaret Snellgrove.

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS 2004

Alongside FOISA, the public has a right to access environmental information about Ochil Tower School. The definition of environmental information under these Regulations is very wide. Some examples include information about air, water, land, landscaping, biodiversity, architecture, internal building environment, recycling, and energy usage. This list is not exhaustive.

Requests for environmental information, should be forwarded to the Margaret Snellgrove immediately.

EIR requests may be made verbally or in writing.

This is a brief version of the Ochil Tower School Freedom of Policy it will be further added to.