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8th January 2021

Scottish Public Authorities Sharing Data: Further Consultation: Analysis of Responses.

Analysis of responses to the further consultation which sought views on a list of additional Scottish Bodies that the Scottish Government is considering adding to Schedule 7 (debt powers) and Schedule 8 (fraud powers) of the Digital Economy Act 2017.

Published: 8 Jan 2021

Scottish Public Authorities Sharing Data: Further Consultation: Analysis of Responses

The UK Digital Economy Act 2017 ("The Act"), Part 5 introduces new information sharing powers to reduce debt owed to, or fraud against, the public sector. To be able to use the information sharing powers, public authorities (and bodies which provide services to public authorities in Scotland) must be listed in Schedule 7 of the Act for the debt powers or Schedule 8 for the fraud powers. The Scottish Government intends to add Scottish public authorities with devolved functions (“Scottish Bodies”) to the Schedules via Regulations.

Before making the Regulations, the Act requires the Scottish Ministers to consult on the public authorities to be added to the Schedules. Listing the Scottish Bodies in the consultation (and in the illustrative draft Regulations) does not amount to an undertaking that the Regulations will ultimately specify those bodies.

The consultation responses show that there is broad support for the further Scottish Bodies listed in the consultation being added to Schedules 7 and 8 of the Act.