Definition, incorporation and measurement of 'Inclusive Growth': FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02735
Date received: 13 November 2017
Date responded: 6 December 2017

Information requested

You asked for:

  1. The Scottish Government's definition of 'inclusive growth'.

  2. When the term 'inclusive growth' was adopted.

  3. What indicators are used to measure 'inclusive growth'.

  4. What progress has been made in delivering 'inclusive growth' since its adoption.


In response to your first question, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption under section 25(1) of FOISA (information otherwise accessible) applies to the request for the definition of inclusive growth.

The definition of inclusive growth is available in the following publication: SG Approach to Inclusive Growth

In response to point 2, inclusive growth was first formally incorporated in Scotland's Economic Strategy (SES) in 2015. Details of the SES can be found on the following page: Scotland's Economic Strategy March 2015

With regards to point 3, I direct you to the National Performance Framework (NPF) which can be accessed at the following link: National Performance Framework

The NPF underpins delivery of the Scottish Government's priorities and monitors the delivery of the Scottish Government's purpose. It contains several indicators that are important for monitoring progress toward inclusive growth including; reducing the pay gap, reducing the proportion of employees earning less than the Living Wage and reducing the proportion of individuals living in poverty. The NPF is currently under review and once this process is complete a dedicated inclusive growth monitoring framework will be developed and aligned to it.

In response to your fourth question, the Programme for Government sets out the actions taken to achieve inclusive growth and can be accessed at the following link: Programme for Scotland 2017-18

Also, the Equality Budget Statement considers the equalities impact of all significant spending decisions and can be accessed at the following link: Equality Statement Scottish Draft Budget 2017-18

Reasons for not providing information

An exemption applies:

An exemption under section 25 of FOISA applies to part 1 of the information you have requested. Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) exempts information from disclosure where the requester can reasonably obtain the information without making a request for it.

This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

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