Are the SNP abusing Freedom of Information legislation?

  • Alfie Baron
The Scottish Government is facing accusations of abuse of the Freedom of Information legislation.

The accusations centre on requests not being met within the defined timeframe and MSPs generally waiting longer than the general public.

Labour MSP, Neil Findlay said: “This system is being abused and it is destroying trust in government."

Journalists from across Scotland's media have also signed a letter highlighting their concerns about the way the Government handles Freedom of Information requests.

The Government are also being heavily criticised for their lack of record keeping and minute taking during important meetings.

Labour have found that over a seven year period between 20% and 32% of requests were not returned within the 20-day deadline. In every one of the seven years elected members saw a higher waiting time than the general public.

In the same seven year period the Scottish Government refused to provide information between 35% and 49% of the time.

Neil Findlay went on to say: "These laws are supposed to increase transparency and accountability of government, but the handling of freedom of information requests in recent times has all the hallmarks of a secretive government desperate to dodge scrutiny."
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.