Correspondence regarding Universal Basic Income: FOI release

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

Information requested

Copies of any correspondence (briefings, emails, letters, memos, minutes of meetings, minutes of calls and/or otherwise) between civil servants and/or Special Advisors and/or members of the Scottish Government Cabinet discussing expanding the roll-out of a Universal Basic Income across Scotland.


Some of the information you have requested is attached 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 exemptions under the following sections of FOISA apply to that information:

  • Section 25(1) (Information otherwise accessible)
  • Section 29 (Formulation of Scottish Administration policy)
  • Section 30(b)(i) (Free and Frank Provision of Advice)
  • 30(b)(ii) (Free and frank exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation)
  • s.38(1)(b) (personal information)

The reasons why those exemptions apply are explained in the Annex to this letter.

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

FOI - 202000110955 - Information Released
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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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