Freedom of Information

Guide to information available through our publication scheme

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:

  • publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
  • tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost

South of Scotland Enterprise (SoSE) has adopted the Model Publication Scheme 2015 produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner.

You can see this scheme on the Commissioner website at www.itspublicknowledge.info/PublicationSchemeGuidance or by contacting us at the address below.

The purpose of this Guide to Information is to:

  • allow you to see what information is available (and what is not available) in relation to each class
  • state what charges may be applied
  • explain how you can find the information easily
  • provide contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information
  • explain how to request information we hold that has not been published

Availability and formats

The information we publish through the model scheme is, wherever possible, available on our website. We will offer alternative arrangements for people who do not want to, or cannot, access the information online or by inspection at our premises. For example, we can arrange to send information to you in paper copy (although there may be a charge for this).

Exempt information

We will publish the information we hold that falls within the classes of information below. If a document contains information that is exempt under Scotland’s Freedom of Information laws (for example sensitive personal information), we will remove or redact the information before publication and explain why.

Copyright

Where SoSE holds the copyright in its published information, the information may be copied or reproduced without formal permission, provided that:

  • it is copied or reproduced accurately
  • it is not used in a misleading context
  • the source of the material is identified

Where SoSE does not hold the copyright in information we publish, we will make this clear.

Charges

This section explains when we may make a charge for our publications and how any charge will be calculated.

There is no charge to view information on our website or at our premises.

We may charge for providing information to you e.g., photocopying and postage, but we will charge you no more than it actually costs us to do so. We will always tell you what the cost is before providing the information to you.

Our photocopying charge per sheet of paper is shown in the table below:

Paper Size/ Colour

Charge per sheet

A4 Black and White

10p

A4 Colour

30p

 

Information provided on CD-Rom will be charged at £1.00 per computer disc.

Postage costs will be recharged at the rate we paid to send the information to you.

When providing copies of pre-printed publications, we will charge no more than the cost per copy of the total print run.

We do not pass on any other costs to you in relation to our published information.

Please note that this charging schedule does not apply to any commercial publications we may produce (see Class 8 below). These items would be offered for sale through retail outlets such as book shops, academic journal websites or museum shops and their price reflects a ‘market value’ which may include the cost of production.

Contact us

You can contact us for assistance with any aspect of this publication scheme:

To make a request for information under the Freedom of information (Scotland) Act, please contact:

Name: Director of Finance
Address: South of Scotland Enterprise, Carmont House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TG
Email: FOI@sose.scot

We will also advise you how to ask for information that we do not publish or how to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of this publication scheme.

The Classes of Information that we Publish

We publish information that we hold within the following classes. Once information is published under a class we will continue to make it available for the current and previous two financial years.

Where information has been updated or superseded, only the current version will be available. If you would like to see previous versions, you may make a request to us for that information.

As SoSE is a new public body, the information we hold is limited. The list below highlights information we anticipate having available in due course and which we will publish as and when available. We also commit to ensuring that this publication scheme is updated regularly and that information and links are be added.

CLASS 1: About the authority

Class description:

Information about the authority, who we are, where to find us, how to contact us, how we are managed and our external relations.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

General information about the

authority

 

About SoSE

Economic Development Agency

Office locations

Various Across D&G and Borders

Staff search and directory

 

Business opening hours

 

Contact customer care and complaints functions

 

Our Enabling Legislation and Scottish Government Guidance

 

The South of Scotland Enterprise Act 2019

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2019/9/enacted

 

Scottish Government strategic guidance letter

 

Government Economic Strategy

https://www.gov.scot/publications/scotlands-economic-strategy/

Framework Document

 

 

How the Authority is Run

 

Board members’ profiles, register of interests, and travel and subsistence costs

 

Code of conduct for SoSE Board members

 

Leadership team

Nick Halfhide Interim CEO

 

Karen Jackson Director of Strategy

 

Anthony Daye Director of Finance

 

John Evans Director of Enabling Services

Corporate Planning

 

Action plan

 

Equality and diversity approach

 

External Relations

 

News and Media

 

News releases

 

Events directory

 

 

CLASS 2: How we delivers our functions and services

Class description:

Information about our work, our strategy and policies for delivering functions and services and information for our service users.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

Functions and services

 

SoSE sector information and strategy

 

Support for businesses

 

Support for communities

 

Complaints handling policy

 

Freedom of information procedures

 

Our publishing scheme

 

Funding terms and conditions

 

 

CLASS 3: How we take desicisions and what we decided

Class description:

Information about the decisions we take, how we make decisions and how we involve others

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

SoSE Board- minutes

 

 

CLASS 4: What we spend and how we spend it

Class description:

Information about our strategy for, and management of, financial resources (in sufficient detail to explain how we plan to spend public money and what has actually been spent).

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

Audited annual accounts

 

Public Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 financial statement

 

SoSE Board members- Remuneration

 

SoSE Leadership Team- Remuneration

 

 

CLASS 5: How we manage our human, physical and information resources 

Class description:

Information about how we manage the human, physical and information resources of the authority

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

Human resources

 

Staff policies

 

Staff search and directory

 

Physical resources

 

Commercial property for sale or lease

 

Sustainable construction policy

 

Information resources

 

Records management policy

 

Records retention policy

 

Freedom of information policy

 

Privacy and data protection policy

 

 

CLASS 6: How we procure goods and services from external providers

Class description:

Information about how we procure goods and services, and our contracts with external providers

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

Procurement policies and procedures

 

Procurement contracts terms and conditions

 

Sustainable procurement policy

 

Framework agreements and suppliers

 

Procurement- details of tenders over £50k and all contracts awarded

 

Current invitations to tender

 

 

CLASS 7: How we are performing

Class description:

Information about how the authority performs as an organisation, and how well it delivers its functions and services

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

Audited annual accounts and reports

 

Freedom of information performance

 

Equal opportunities annual report

 

Complaints performance

 

Customer service performance

 

 

CLASS 8: Our commercial publications

Class description:

Information packaged and made available for sale on a commercial basis and sold at market value through a retail outlet e.g. bookshop, museum or research journal

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)

We do not currently hold or publish information under this class.

n/a

 

CLASS 9: Our open data

Class description:

Open data made available by the authority as described by the Scottish Government’s Open Data Resource Pack and available under an open licence.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it (weblinks)