The cost exemption in the freedom of information regimes of the United Kingdom and Scotland: A comparative analysis

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In this tenth anniversary year since freedom of information came into force north and south of the border, the authors, namely, Calum Liddle and David McMenemy, undertake an in-depth comparative evaluation of the parallel cost exemptions found in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Does Scottish FOI indeed afford a more generous disclosure entitlement? And are applicants, in turn, employing comparatively weaker rights when requesting information from analogous English and Welsh authorities? A statutory analysis of the home nation provisions is complemented by case law and a nod to contemporaneous events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-202
Number of pages8
JournalLegal Information Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2015


  • FOI
  • freedom of information
  • Scottish FOI

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