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Communications with Scottish Property Federation and Homes for Scotland: FOI release

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

Published:
26 Aug 2020
Communications with Scottish Property Federation and Homes for Scotland: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000060033
Date received: 10 Jul 2020
Date responded: 30 Jul 2020
Information requested

All communications received from the following organisations, with regards to the three key policy decisions described below.

  • Scottish Property Federation
  • Homes for Scotland

1/ The decision to extend the Help-to-buy scheme: https://www.gov.scot/policies/homeowners/help-tobuy/

2/ The decision to raise the threshold for LBTT: https://www.gov.scot/news/help-for-homebuyers-andemployment-support/

3/ The decision to add further funding to the First Home fund: https://www.gov.scot/news/help-forhomebuyers-and-employment-support/

Response

I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested. In a number of cases the information released is contained within a chain of emails, therefore although some of replies do not fall within the scope of the request, they have been included to provide context nonetheless.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) has been applied because it is personal data of a third party, therefore some names and contact details of individuals have been redacted. Disclosing this information 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. 

There is also some information within the attached documents which is outwith the scope of your request. This information has been redacted.

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Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit
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