- 12 Feb 2019
Date received: 15 Jan 2019
Date responded: 12 Feb 2019
Please provide any statistical reports on Financial Health Check Service that CAS have provided to the Scottish Government regarding the progress of the service, since it was established in November 2018. This should include, but is not limited to the number of clients who have accessed the service, how many checks have been conducted, and the verified financial gain to date.
Please also provide the details of any correspondence relating to the article in The Scottish Sun on Monday 7 January entitled "Make Friends With Benefits".
I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested.
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 in the Annex A to this letter.
Similarly, we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to that information.
The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained in the Annex A to this letter.
REASONS FOR NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION
The Scottish Government does not have the information.
The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because reports on the overall progress of the service will be submitted to the Scottish Government on a quarterly basis and we have not yet received the first report.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
An exemption applies.
Section 38(1)(b) – Personal data relating to third party.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide a small amount of the information requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies. The exemption applies because it is personal data of a third party, i.e. names/contact details of individuals involved, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018.
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.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House