What are the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015?
The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (“the Regulations”) came into effect on 18 July, 2015. They establish the UK framework for the re-use of public sector information to ensure that information is easier to re-use, resulting in economic, social and civil benefits. It is now mandatory that sportscotland and the sportscotland Trust Company make information available for re-use.
Any individual or organisation has the right to request to re-use documents held by sportscotland or the sportscotland Trust Company for a purpose other than the initial purpose within sportscotland or sportscotland’s Trust Company’s public task for which the documents were produced.
What is public sector information?
Public sector information is:-
- any information (content) whatever its medium (form) – including print, digital or electronic and sound recordings – produced, held or disseminated by sportscotland or the sportscotland Trust Company.
- this includes corporate information such as reports and financial data, codes of practices, public records, statistics, still and moving images, press releases, publication schemes etc.
- this also includes information which sportscotland or the sportscotland Trust Company holds the copyright for the information produced, held or disseminated within its public task /footer_links/foi/public-task-statement-re-use-of-public-sector-information-regulations-2015/
Public sector information is not:-
- information with third party copyright;
- information exempt from disclosure as per the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002;
- information categorised as personal data as per the Data Protection Act 1998; and
- information produced, held or disseminated outside sportscotland or the sportscotland Trust Company’s task.
The applicant must:
- acknowledge sportscotland or the sportscotland Trust Company when the information is being re-used; and
- not use the information for any illegal purposes or a purpose that is detrimental to the purpose which it was originally created.
sportscotland and sportscotland’s Trust Company currently do not charge for providing information in response to re-use requests.
Information for re-use register
Please see the link to sportscotland and the sportscotland’s Trust Company’s Information Asset Register
Making a Request for Re-use of Public Sector Information
All requests for re-use of public sector information must:-
- be in writing;
- state the applicant’s name and address for correspondence;
- specify the document requested; and
- state the purpose for which the document is to be re-used.
All written requests for information from sportscotland or the sportscotland Trust Company should be submitted to:
Templeton on the Green
62 Templeton Street
Tel: 0141 534 1175
Responding to Requests for Information
Once our Legal Officer receives your request, they will investigate firstly whether we hold the information you require, and secondly whether there are any reasons why the information may not be released for re-use. Further details on the parameters are detailed in the Regulations.
Providing we are able to do so, sportscotland or the sportscotland Trust Company is obliged to provide the information requested within 20 working days. The response will:-
- provide the requested information for re-use;
- impose conditions on the re-use of the information; or
- refuse the request for re-use.
Complaints about the handling of you request for re-use of public sector information
If you are unhappy about the way sportscotland or the sportscotland Trust Company has dealt with your request for re-use of public sector information, please follow our complaints procedure .
What if I am still unhappy after completing sportscotland’s Complaints procedure?
If sportscotland or the sportscotland Trust Company has not complied with its obligations under the Regulations, you can complain to:-
The Information Commissioner
If you are unsure about any aspect of the Regulations relative to sportscotland or the sportscotland Trust Company or require advice and assistance to help you frame your request, please contact us at the above address and we will be happy to help.