Openness and transparency in the public sector
Freedom of Information (FOI) gives citizens access to information about the organisations they deal with every day. FOI delivers openness and transparency in the public sector and applies to all Scottish public authorities, including Stirling Council.
Who can request information?
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 gives any person or organisation the right of access to all types of recorded information of any age held by public authorities.
There are some conditions and exemptions, but generally, anyone who asks Stirling Council for information will be entitled to receive it.
FOI and personal data
FOI does not replace existing access to information legislation. In particular, your right to see what personal data a public authority holds about you is still governed by the Data Protection Act 2018.
Nor does it allow you access to information that would breach any other legislation. For example, you may not get access to personal data about other people.
The Scottish Parliament appointed an independent Scottish Information Commissioner to promote and enforce freedom of information in Scotland.
Making a request for information
You can submit an FOI request by email or by post. Include your full name in your email or letter.
Records and Information Governance Team
If you’re unhappy with the Council's response
You can ask the council to review it's decision by replying to the response you receive, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re still not satisfied, you can appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner. Their contact details are:
The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
Tel: 01334 464610