Ruling: government broke freedom of information law on porpoises

The Scottish Government has breached freedom of information law by delaying the release of information on harbour porpoises, according to an investigation by the Scottish Information Commissioner. The commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, has criticised officials for being “unnecessarily pedantic” and for taking an “overly narrow interpretation” when rejecting a request for information on proposed porpoise conservation…

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University of Edinburgh funds 964 chauffeur driven car trips in a year

Senior staff and important guests were provided with hundreds of chauffeur driven car trips by the University of Edinburgh, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. The response from the university explains that it maintains one car and a driver for the “non-exclusive” use of senior staff at the University. The highest priority for use…


Teachers urged to disregard prevent counter-terrorism training

A campaign group is urging teachers in Scotland to disregard ‘sketchy’ counter-terrorism training. Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC) claims that the training given to teachers as part of Glasgow City Council’s efforts to implement the controversial “Prevent” counter-terrorism strategy is likely to put teachers under pressure to pass information on their students to the police….