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People waiting longer than 14, 28, 60 days for various types of disclosure: FOI release

Published: 4 Dec 2019
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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
4 Dec 2019
People waiting longer than 14, 28, 60 days for various types of disclosure: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/02421
Date received: 29 Oct 2019
Date responded: 27 Nov 2019
Information requested

You asked for the number of people waiting longer than 14, 28, 60 days for each type of disclosure (basic, standard, enhanced, Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG)Scheme) in each of the last six months.

Response

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. However, we are able to provide equivalent data for the number of “applications” that took longer than 14, 28, and 60 days. In Disclosure Scotland we measure the time taken to process an application as each application carries a unique reference number and is traced throughout its whole process journey. Applicants can submit more than one application at a time.

The reasons why we don’t have the information are explained in the Annex to this letter.

* The following information has been provided outwith FOI(S)A *

A summary of the number of applications that have had an completion time longer than 14, 28 and 60 days broken down by disclosure type for each of the last six months is provided in tables 1 to 3 below.

  • Note that the number of PVG applications during May 2019 to August 2019 may not exactly equal other similar published data as these contain a small number of reprocessed applications. These would be difficult to remove from the analysis due to the requirement to report consistently on the three different periods requested (longer than 14, 28 and 60 days). These will have minimal impact on overall figures.
  • Reprocessing is not required in our new system (hence why the above note applies only to May 2019 to August 2019).

Table 1: Number of completed applications that had a processing time longer than 14 days by month and disclosure type, for last six months.

Application Type May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
Basic 170 50 270 60 95 1750
Standard 40 15 50 5 160 1100
Enhanced 20 5 10 5 40 325
PVG 745 520 760 1325 3800 18740
Overall 970 595 1090 1400 4090* 21915*

* Note: Due to the seasonal increase in our work and the bedding in time of the new system, we are temporarily taking longer than usual to deliver our PVG products. Arrangements have been put in place to deal with the delays and these arrangements are now having an effect.

Table 2: Number of completed applications that had a processing time longer than 28 days by month and disclosure type, for last six months.

Application Type May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
Basic 25 0 <5 10 <5 40
Standard <5 0 0 0 <5 10
Enhanced <5 0 0 0 0 20
PVG 20 15 5 155 45 520
Overall 50 15 5 165 50 590

Table 3: Number of completed applications that had a processing time longer than 60 days by month and disclosure type, for last six months.

Application Type May-19 Jun-19 Jul-19 Aug-19 Sep-19 Oct-19
Basic <5 0 0 0 <5 5
Standard <5 0 0 0 0 <5
Enhanced 0 0 0 0 0 0
PVG <5 <5 0 <5 <5 10
Overall <5 <5 0 <5 <5 20

Note:
1 - Data rounded to nearest 5. Totals may not equal sum of parts due to rounding.

Annex - Reasons for not providing information
The Scottish Government does not have the information

Section 17(1) of FOISA (information not held) requires the Scottish Government to notify you if it does not have the information you requested. The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because we are unable to provide the data requested for “people” waiting longer than 14, 28, and 60 days.

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

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Contact

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Email: ceu@gov.scot
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