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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-36009
Asked by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 11 March 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide the names of each Special Adviser, broken down by (a) responsibility and (b) pay band, and what the total cost of employing special advisers was in 2019-20.

Current status: Answered by Graeme Dey on 24 March 2021


Answer

Special Advisers are appointed in accordance with Part 1 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 by the First Minister as a Special Adviser for the purpose of providing assistance to the Scottish Ministers.

As at 31 January 2021 there were 14 Special Advisers as shown in the following table:

Name

Role

Katy Bowman

Special Adviser

Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

Veterans.

Policy support to the Chief of Staff.

Support for the First Minister and the First Minister's Private Office.

Outreach and stakeholder engagement.

Jeanette Campbell

Special Adviser

Social Security.

Equalities and Huma Rights.

Communities.

Ewan Crawford

Senior Special Adviser

Europe and Constitutional issues.

Government strategy.

Coronavirus legislation.

Leanne Dobson

Special Adviser

Economy recovery and renewal programme.

Programme for Government.

Employment, skills and fair work.

Innovation.

Kate Higgins

Special Adviser

Rural Economy & Connectivity.

Trade and exports.

Retail.

European Structural Funds.

Davie Hutchison

Special Adviser

Health & Sport.

Broadcasting.

First Minister Questions.

Ross Ingebristen

Deputy Political Spokesperson for the First Minister

Strategic communications planning.

First Minister's Questions.

Liz Lloyd

Chief of Staff to the First Minister

First Minister's Strategic Programme in Government including Inter-governmental relations.

Co-ordination of the Special Adviser team.

John MacInnes

Special Adviser

Political Research.

Support for First Minister' Questions and parliamentary debates.

Support to Communications and Policy Special Advisers.

Mairi McAllan *

Special Adviser

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

Renewables.

Planning.

Colin McAllister

Head of Policy

Programme for Government.

First Minister's Questions.

Senior Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister.

Routemap out of lockdown.

Callum McCaig

Special Adviser

Finance.

Local Government.

Energy (excluding renewables).

Infrastructure.

Scottish National Investment Bank.

Fintech.

John McFarlane

Special Adviser

Justice.

Transport.

Parliamentary Business and Parliamentary liaison.

Stuart Nicolson

Head of Communications

Senior Political Spokesperson for the First Minister.

Strategic communications.

 

The current Pay Bands and Pay Ranges are as follows:

 

Pay Band

Pay Range (£)

Number of SpAds in Band

1

£41,442 - £55,582

1

2

£55,583 - £68,307

7

3

£68,308 - £91,336

5

3 (premium)

£90,565 - £104,542

0

4

£90,565 - £108,062

1

* Mairi McAllan resigned as a Special Adviser with effect from 5 March 2021.

The total cost of Special Advisers employed during the financial year 2019-20 was £1,310,367. Total cost includes all salary costs, employer NI, and employer pension contributions. The level of employer NI and pension contribution is not a matter for the Scottish Government.

The cost of Special Advisers during 2019-20 was based on the following Pay Bands and Pay Ranges:

Pay Band

Pay Range (£)

Number of SpAds in Band

1

£39,445 - £52,904

3

2

£52,905 - £65,016

6

3

£65,017 - £86,964

6

3 (premium)

£86,965 - £100,942

0

4

£86,965 - £104,462

1