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Economic assessment with changes to trading hours for bars and pubs announced on 7 October 2020: FOI release

Published: 4 Dec 2020

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

Published:
4 Dec 2020
Economic assessment with changes to trading hours for bars and pubs announced on 7 October 2020: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000096849
Date received: 8 Oct 2020
Date responded: 18 Nov 2020
Information requested

You asked for:

1. The economic assessment made of changes to trading hours for bars and pubs announced by the First Minister on 7 October 2020.

2. (a) The number of behavioural economists employed by the Scottish Government and (b) how many are working on Covid - 19 policies, restrictions.

Response

In response to Part 1 of your request, I enclose in Annex 1 a copy of all of the information that is within the scope of your request.

In response to Part 2 of your request, the answer to your question is set out below:

The Scottish Government employs economists who are part of the Government Economic Service. They are recruited as general economists and take on posts across a variety of policy areas in government. There are no economists specifically designated as behavioural economists employed by the Scottish Government. Our economists, working with other analytical professions, continue to contribute to analysis that supports the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 response.

The Scottish Government draws upon insights from behavioural scientists in developing our response to Covid-19. The Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Advisory Group includes prominent academic behavioural scientists, who have advised on messaging and wider compliance. The Scottish Government also has membership of, and draws upon insight from, a UK wider group of behavioural science experts called the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B). This is a subgroup of SAGE, which commissions, undertakes and shares research on issues around Covid-19. These routes help ensure the Scottish Government has a robust understanding of behavioural issues in developing our response to Covid-19.

Information on the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Advisory Group is available at the following address: https://www.gov.scot/groups/scottish-government-covid-19-advisory-group/

Information on SPI-B is available at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/independent-scientific-pandemic-influenza-group-onbehaviours-spi-b#membership

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