Breakdown of payments (1.085 million) to the RSPB: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/02738
Date received: 1 October 2018  
Date responded: 29 October 2018
Information requested
Information on what £1.085 million, paid to RSPB from Scottish Government, was for and whether it was for a sole project or scheme. If it was for multiple projects or schemes, listing these including what they were for, and the sums attached to each individual project or scheme. Figure relating to accounts from RSPB for financial year ending 31st March 2017.



Please understand that we do not know whether recipient organisations will record receipts in the same financial year or under the same headings as us, either of which may explain some discrepancy in the total figures between us and RSPB. 

As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations.  We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA. 

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, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

I enclose a copy of the information you requested.

Please see attached payments issued to the RSPB under Direct Payments for the period 1 April 2016 to 30 March 2017.

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