Freedom of Information

You have statutory rights to request information from public authorities.  These rights are intended to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public sector bodies, and therefore facilitate better public understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do, and how they spend public money.  Information about the supporting legislation is provided below.

The Scottish Government leaflet "How to Open Government" gives details of how the public can obtain access to information held by the Scottish Government and its Agencies.  The Guide sets out our commitment to you about how we will handle your requests for information and includes guidance on using your rights under legislation responsibly.

The AiB Publication Scheme details the information we routinely publish, how to access this information and whether there is a charge for receiving this.

If you can’t find the information you are looking for in our websites or publication scheme then you can make a request, in writing,

Where do I write to?

If you are seeking your own personal information, your request will be treated as a 'subject access request' under the Data Protection Act (DPA). Otherwise, requests for information will be covered by either the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) or the Environmental Information Regulations. The Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations are very similar, with only small differences. FOI and DPA requests must be made in writing.

If you wish to access your personal information you should make your request in writing by completing a DPA2 form and providing 2 forms of proof of your identity, at least one of which must be photographic.

Please ensure you provide your name, an address for correspondence, and if possible a telephone number on all requests for information.

The Agency aims to meet subject access requests within 40 days of receiving your completed DPA2 form and identification. We aim to respond to all other requests for information within 20 working days.