Domestic Abuse Leavers Fund- Scottish Women’s Aid: FOI release

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

Information requested

  • A list of all meetings held with Scottish Women’s Aid on the topic of a leavers fund to supportvictims of domestic abuse to leave abusive relationships.
  • All correspondence related to these meetings including the minutes of the meeting, any briefing notes provided to ministers related to these meetings, any notes or analysis produced before or after the meeting related to the establishment of a leavers fund for victims of domestic abuse, and any proposed timeline that may have been produced regarding the establishment of a leavers fund.


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

An exemption(s) under Section 38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, for example, names and contact details of officials, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

An exemption under Section 30(b)(i) of the FOISA (free and frank provision of advice) or Section 30(b)(ii) of FOISA (frank and free exchange of views) applies to some of the information requested. This exemption applies because disclosure would, or would be likely to, inhibit substantially the free and frank provision of advice or exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation. This exemption recognises the need for officials to have a private space within which to provide free and frank advice to ministers and explore options before Scottish Government reaches a settled public view. Disclosing the content of free and frank advice or free and frank discussions about financial support to leave an abusive partner will substantially inhibit provision of such advice and such discussion for the future, particularly as this is a sensitive issue.

This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption. We recognise that there is some public interest in release as part of open, transparent and accountable government, and to inform public debate. However, disclosure of some of the information requested is likely to undermine the quality of the policy making process, which would not be in the public interest.

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FOI 202300372279 - Information Released - SWA


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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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