COVID-19 and Universal Credit : FOI release

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

Information requested

Any internal briefings from civil servants to Nicola Sturgeon and/or Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley-Anne Somerville praising the Universal Credit system for how it has delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic


Some of the information you have requested is enclosed with this letter, however, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, on this occasion we are unable to provide some of the information you requested as an exemption under the following section of FOISA applies to that information:

  • s.38(1)b (third party personal data)

The reasons why this exemption applies are explained in the Annex to this letter.


Exemptions apply, not subject to the public interest test
An exemption under section 38(1)b of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested.  The personal information, including names and contact details of officials, is their own personal information, and is therefore exempt under FOISA. This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, thus, we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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