Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 increases openness and accountability in government and across the public sector by giving people the right to access information held by Scottish public authorities.

How to make a Freedom of Information request

Requests for information must be made in writing, or in a permanent form like email, video or audio tape.

Alternatively, you can use our online form:

If you need information returned to you in a special format, such as large print or a language other than English, please let us know when you apply.

You can expect to receive a response to your request within 20 working days, though we may ask you for clarification to help us locate and retrieve the information you are interested in.

About making a Freedom of Information request

A lot of information may be supplied free of charge. However, sometimes you may have to pay a fee because of the expense involved in locating, retrieving, collating and providing the information. You will be told in advance if a fee will apply.

We will provide you with the information you have requested unless there is a good reason for not doing so.

If we withhold information, we will let you know what exemptions have been applied and why.

If you are unhappy with our decision, or with the way we have dealt with your request, you can ask us to review our decision.

If you do not agree with the outcome of the review, you can ask the Scottish Information Commissioner to investigate. The Commissioner is responsible for enforcing and promoting Scotland 's freedom of information laws:

Freedom of Information requests

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Requests for information must be made in writing, or in a permanent form like email, video or audio tape.

Jim Clifford
Legal and Secretariat Manager
Customer Services
Midlothian Council
Midlothian House
Buccleuch Street
Dalkeith
Midlothian
EH22 1DN

0131 270 7500 (tel)

Scottish Information Commissioner

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01334 464610 (tel)

01334 464611 (fax)