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Expenditure of Scottish Government Germany Twitter account: FOI release

Published: 8 Mar 2021

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

Published:
8 Mar 2021
Expenditure of Scottish Government Germany Twitter account: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100132239
Date received: 5 Jan 2021
Date responded: 1 Feb 2021
Information requested

Please confirm total cost to run the Scottish Government Germany Twitter account. Please include the following:

1. Total number of staff used to manage this twitter account.

2. The Twitter account has a location of Berlin, Germany. Is this account operated from Berlin and if so, please provide the total cost of running this German office?

Response

In relation to your request for the total cost of running the Scottish Government Germany Twitter account, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. This is because Scottish Government budgets for international offices are not disaggregated to this level of detail.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

The Scottish Government office in Germany’s Twitter account is jointly managed by staff based in the Scottish Government’s office in Berlin. This is carried out as a proportion of their wider roles. The estimated joint effort to manage the account varies but it is estimated that this amounts to 0.2 full time equivalent (FTE).

You have also asked for the total cost of running the Scottish Government office in Germany. The information you have requested is outlined below:

Country (City) 2020-21 Budget
£m
Germany (Berlin) 0.549

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