Universal Credit benefit cut reversal correspondence: FOI release

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

Information requested

Information on any discussion or analysis conducted by the Scottish Government on the costs of, or use of its welfare powers under the Scotland Act 2016 to increase Universal Credit in Scotland the light of the end of the temporary £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit by the UK Government in October 2021.


I attach a copy of some of the information you requested.

Some of the information you have requested is available from the gov.scot website (https://www.gov.scot/publications/impact-of-withdrawing-emergency-benefit-measures/). Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption(s) under section s.38(1)(b) (personal information), s.27(1) (information for future publication), s.30(b)(i &ii)( free and frank exchange of views as well as free and frank provision of advice) of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why that exemption(s) applies are explained in the Annex to this letter.

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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.

FOI - 202100245554 - Information Released - Annex A
FOI - 202100245554 - Information Released - Annex B


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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