The Scottish Government's handling of freedom of information (FOI) requests has been criticised by the outgoing Scottish Information Commissioner, Daren Fitzhenry. Fitzhenry's final intervention report of his six-year investigation into the government's FOI performance, released on 12 October 2023, showed a "deterioration" in FOI performance between 1 July 2022 and 31 March 2023. He described the procedures as "not fit for purpose" and revealed the backlog had risen from 88 to 117 FoI cases in May 2023. Some outstanding responses were delayed for over two years. The Scottish Government said it had made "significant progress" since May and remained committed to ensuring "openness and transparency".
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