You asked for, in regard to the Autism National Post Diagnostic Support Pilot:
1. A breakdown of what organisation received what amount, with an explanation as to why that amount;
2. A minute(s) of the meeting(s) which picked the said organisations; and
3. Any procurement/tendering of such applications for being in the pilot.
The answer to your first question in regard to which organisation's receiving funding, this is provided below. This is based on the organisation's financial costs for providing their service over the course of the six month pilot period.
Autism Initiatives - £60,755
Autistic Mutual Rights Group - £2,200
Autism Rights Group Highland - £6,060
National Autistic Society for Scotland - £50,534
Scottish Autism - £66,681
Scottish Women's Autism Network - £18,500
Triple A's - £23,000
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have minute(s) of the meeting(s) which picked the said organisations and any procurement/tendering of such applications for being in the pilot. This information does not exist.
It may be helpful to explain that following official's advice Ministers agreed to run a six month pilot project, built on the excellent support services already provided by these organisations and provide a national support provision accessible to autistic people and their families across Scotland. Funding was provided so that these services could be guaranteed and provided across Scotland, or the specific geographical area. This was announced by Ms Haughey at the national autism conference in October 2020 and was launched on 1 December 2020. Each of the organisation has areas of expertise that when combined will address the needs of autistic people.
The pilot will be independently evaluated to determine the outcomes for individuals and this will inform our decision making going forward in 2021.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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