The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (usually known as FOISA or FOI) aims to increase openness and accountability in government and across the public sector by making sure that people have the right to access information held by Scottish public authorities. This includes environmental information which is covered by the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (known as the EIRs). FOI and the EIRs therefore apply to all recorded information held by the Integration Joint Board for Orkney, (with the exception of personal information).
The Integration Joint Board is a Scottish Public Authority for the purposes of FOI legislation.
This Policy provides advice and guidance to staff that are responsible for handling FOI requests, but is also aimed at members of the public who want to understand their rights and know what to expect, under the Integration Joint Board’s policy.
In light of the Integration Joint Board having delegated responsibility for the delivery of a wide range of services within Adult and Children’s Social Care and Health Services, an FOI request may be more appropriately dealt with through either NHS Orkney or Orkney Islands Council’s FOI policies, unless it is a request concerned directly with information held by the Integration Joint Board.
The Act is overseen by the Scottish Information Commissioner, who has the power to issue enforcement notices and, if needs be, initiate court proceedings to ensure compliance.
Relevant documents can be accessed from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.