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Islands Housing Fund projects: FOI release

Published: 29 May 2019

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
29 May 2019
Islands Housing Fund projects: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/01150
Date received: 29 Apr 2019
Date responded: 29 May 2019
Information requested

Information on the Islands Housing Fund:

  • Details of each approved project (whether completed or not)
  • Details of any pending projects yet to be approved
  • Details of unsuccessful applications to the fund
Response

Please find attached document (Reference FOI-IHF) with details of project applications to the main Islands Housing Fund. An exemption under section 33(1)(b) of FOISA (commercial interests) applies to some of the information requested. This exemption applies because disclosure of this particular information would, or would be likely to, prejudice substantially the commercial interests of applicants. Disclosing the information would be likely to give applicants who are still to obtain competitively tendered works costs a disadvantage in future tendering exercises, which could substantially prejudice applicants ability to gain competitive tenders and so could significantly harm the viability of their project.

This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption. We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of open and transparent government, and to help account for the expenditure of public money.

However, there is a greater public interest in protecting the commercial interests of applicants that are still to competitively tender for contractors.

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FOI-19-01150 FOI-IHF

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Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit
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