East Lothian Council’s action plan for improving the management of Freedom of Information requests has been recognised as an example of good practice by the Scottish Information Commissioner.
In a report laid before the Scottish Parliament, Failure to respond to FOI requests: extent, impact and remedy, the council’s FOI management is highlighted.
In 2012, the council had 985 FOI requests, with 84 per cent being answered on time.
Requests increased to 1,128 in 2013, 92.5 per cent of which were answered timeously.
In 2014 to date, there have been 806 requests and 97 per cent have been answered on time.
Council leader Willie Innes said: “We will continue with our effort to ensure we meet FOI requests within the required timescale.”