Learning/Intellectual Disability and Autism - Recovery and Transformation Plan: FOI release

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

Information requested

1. All information (documents/reports/minutes of meetings/emails/face-face meetings and anything else i have failed to mention) in relation to how the 'Learning/Intellectual Disability and Autism – Recovery and Transformation Plan', was developed;

2. All the consultation documents/surveys/reports/meetings with all the services/people/organisations involved who helped shape the document;

3. Information as to who and how the decisions was made (documents/surveys/reports/meetings with all the services/people/organisations) to align the end of the Scottish Autism Strategy into the Transition Plan - to end with the Learning Disability Keys to Life document.


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide the information you have requested because an exemption(s) under section(s) 12 of FOISA applies to that information.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600. The locating, retrieval and providing of the information would take several staff more than 5 days work, which we deem to cost more than £600. Under section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12.

You may, however, wish to consider reducing the scope of your request in order that the costs can be brought below £600. This could be done by requesting specific information on the development of the Recovery and Transition Plan. You may also find it helpful to look at the Scottish Information Commissioner's 'Tips for requesting information under FOI and the EIRs' on his website at: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourRights/Tipsforrequesters.aspx.

However, to be helpful I provide the following information which I hope helps answers some of your queries.

The development of the Recovery and Transformation Plan evolved from the stakeholder meetings that were set up to discuss the emerging issues coming out of COVID for provider stakeholders, organisations such as ENABLE, NAS, SA , IS and SCLD.

The document is currently being shaped with engagement events with people with lived experience, autism and learning disability stakeholders and health and social care partnerships via the Social Work Scotland autism and learning disabilities group, CoSLA, meetings with individual health and social care partnerships, and an event for health and social care partnerships in January 2021.

The Recovery and Transformation Plan has come about from our learnings from Covid and is planned as a bridging plan with the Scottish Strategy for Autism coming to an end in March 2021, until decisions are made on any new long term plan for autism policy. This is also being considered as part of our engagement, as detailed above.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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