Date lodged: 24 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government on what date it received the feasibility study on carers allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions, and whether it will put this in the public domain.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 24 April 2017
The feasibility study on increasing carers allowance was received from DWP on the 11th January 2017.
An FOI request and subsequent review in relation to the DWP feasibility report were also received and have been dealt with in line with the requirements of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) to determine whether the document will be put into the public domain.
The review process has concluded that, in fact, the feasibility report is not held by the Scottish Government for the purposes of FOISA because the report has been received in confidence from the UK Government. This means that, under the terms of section 3(2)(a)(ii) of FOISA, we are unable to disclose the information or put it in the public domain.