Almost twenty years on from its passage in 2002 ; Scotlands freedom of information law sits at a crossroads. The pandemic led to significant delays in responding to FOI requests ; with the Scottish Government recording its worst performance since 2017. Meanwhile the Scottish Government has announced it plans to consult on potential changes to FOI law in Scotland ; following a year-long review into FOISA by the Scottish Parliaments Public Audit and PostLegislative Scrutiny Committee. Plans are also in motion to phase out emergency changes made to FOI law during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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