Barclays review advisory group: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/03055
Date received: 17 December 2017
Date responded: 9 January 2018

Information requested

You requested, in respect of the advisory group referenced in the implementation plan in response to the Barclay review of non-domestic rates:

  • The names, titles and roles of members of the advisory group

  • The documents, correspondence and reports considered in order to reach this conclusion on not extending rates relief to independent schools

  • How the advisory group will gather feedback from independent schools and parents of children in the independent school sector


Outlined below are the names and organisations of the advisory group members.

Name Organisation
Mari Tunby CBI Scotland
Jonathan Sharma & Alan Puckrin COSLA
Stuart Mackinnon Federation of Small Businesses
Kevin Fraser & David Magor IRRV
Ken McCormack RICS
Ian Milton Scottish Assessors Association
Brian Rogan Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Moira Walker Scottish Property Federation
Graeme McLean Scottish Retail Consortium

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. The reasons why we don't have the information are explained below.

Reasons for not providing information

The Scottish Government does not have some of the information.

The Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have asked for because:

  • The advisory group is not being asked to consider rates relief for independent schools (in respect of recommendation 24 of the Barclay review).

  • Rather, the advisory group is only being asked to consider implementation of certain

other recommendations of the Barclay review, as per the implementation plan published at:

  • Other channels of stakeholder engagement will continue to inform implementation in respect of curtailing charity relief for independent schools.

  • No information is held on titles or roles in respect of the advisory group.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested.

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