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Freedom of Information and Publication Scheme

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 gives you the right to access information held by us. The Act sets out what is not covered and also what we have to publish.

From 1 January 2005, people have had the right to request information and be told whether a public authority holds that information. People also have the right to be supplied with this information, although, in some cases public authorities don’t need to provide this information.

The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 also give you the right to ask us for environmental information.

Anyone can request information. There are no restrictions on your age, nationality or where you live.

Publication Scheme

The Scottish Government have adopted the Model Publication Scheme of the Scottish Information Commissioner. To contribute to the Scheme we have produced a Guide To Information which sets out the types of information available, how we plan on publishing the information, and if there will be a charge for the information.

The purpose of the Publication Scheme is to ensure information is available without the need for a specific request. As an organisation we aim to publish more information pro-actively, demonstrate transparency and develop an open culture.

We’re committed to delivering an open and transparent service whenever possible and it is our intention to include within our Publication Scheme information that we believe would be in the interest of the public.

Published information, including information released in response to requests, can be found in the Publications section of our website. Statistics relating to Social Security Scotland, including publications about specific benefits, feedback, workforce and equalities analysis can be found on the Statistics Publications section of our website.

Requesting Information

To make a request for information, or for advice and assistance on how to make a request, please contact us by email at or by post at:

Freedom of Information Team
Social Security Scotland
PO Box 10301

You can also contact us using the online form below.

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