FOI reference: FOI/18/03055
Date received: 17 December 2017
Date responded: 9 January 2018
You requested, in respect of the advisory group referenced in the implementation plan in response to the Barclay review of non-domestic rates:
The names, titles and roles of members of the advisory group
The documents, correspondence and reports considered in order to reach this conclusion on not extending rates relief to independent schools
How the advisory group will gather feedback from independent schools and parents of children in the independent school sector
Outlined below are the names and organisations of the advisory group members.
|Mari Tunby||CBI Scotland|
|Jonathan Sharma & Alan Puckrin||COSLA|
|Stuart Mackinnon||Federation of Small Businesses|
|Kevin Fraser & David Magor||IRRV|
|Ian Milton||Scottish Assessors Association|
|Brian Rogan||Scottish Chambers of Commerce|
|Moira Walker||Scottish Property Federation|
|Graeme McLean||Scottish Retail Consortium|
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. The reasons why we don't have the information are explained below.
Reasons for not providing information
The Scottish Government does not have some of the information.
The Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have asked for because:
The advisory group is not being asked to consider rates relief for independent schools (in respect of recommendation 24 of the Barclay review).
Rather, the advisory group is only being asked to consider implementation of certain
other recommendations of the Barclay review, as per the implementation plan published at:
Other channels of stakeholder engagement will continue to inform implementation in respect of curtailing charity relief for independent schools.
No information is held on titles or roles in respect of the advisory group.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested.
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 Andrew's House