Highlands & Islands

Highland Council FOI requests rise by 162%

The number of requests for details from Highland Council under Freedom of Information (FOI) rules has risen by 162%, a new report has shown.

In the first year of FOI, 2005-06, the local authority received 386 requests.

A year on year increase saw that number rise to 1,011 by 2010-11, according to a report to councillors.

The paper also sets out the findings of an assessment by the Scottish Information Commissioner on how the council handles FOI requests.

The assessment highlighted examples of good practice in the way the local authority dealt with requests and made recommendations on where improvements could be made.

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