Senior local authority officials are lobbying to relax freedom of information law so that they can increase charges, delay responses and reject more requests as “vexatious”.
Repeated attempts by government agencies in Scotland to block public access to information show that freedom of information law should be strengthened, say journalists.
Scottish ministers have postponed plans to restore freedom of information rights to thousands of housing association tenants, prompting accusations of “broken promises”.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency ditched a toxic pesticide report after fears it could attract freedom of information requests.
Scotland’s information watchdog threatens legal action against Scottish ministers for failing to respond to information requests.
An investigation by Scotland's information watchdog has lambasted ministers for their “poor” approach to freedom of information law.
The Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, bowed to government pressure to conceal information about legal advice on tuition fees.