Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act (Scotland) 2002 (FOI) enables any person to obtain information from Scottish public authorities.

The Act applies to all Scottish public authorities including: Scottish Government and its agencies; Scottish Parliament; Local Authorities; NHS Scotland; Universities and further education colleges; and the Police.

Access to Information

Public authorities have to allow access to the following information:

  • The provision, cost and standard of its service.
  • Factual information or decision-making.
  • The reasons for decisions made by the public authority.

Finding Information

The Council already places a large amount of information in public buildings such as libraries.

In addition, a considerable amount of information about the Council’s services and activities (including our Publications Scheme and Publications List) is published on the Council website. When looking for information about the Council, please make full use of this website to find out whether the information you’re looking for is already available on-line.

You can search our website through the on-screen navigation headings, or by using the ‘Search’ or ‘A to Z’ or 'Service Directory' facilities.

Making a Request

If you are unable to find the information by these means, the Council is happy to assist you through its Freedom of Information Service.

All Freedom of Information requests should be sent to Freedom of Information.

Useful Links

For useful relevant links, see the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

Publication Scheme

The Publication Scheme aims to set out the classes of information the Council publishes or intends to publish, how that information can be obtained, and whether or not that information is available free of charge. The Publication Scheme can be viewed from the link in this section of this page.

Related Links

Related Sites

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