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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-04890
Asked by: Kenneth Gibson, Cunninghame North, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 8 December 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how much it will spend in the current financial year (a) on welfare, (b) on telecoms and (c) in total in order to mitigate any impact of decisions taken by the UK Government.

Current status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 22 December 2021


Answer

Estimated spend on the specified areas is detailed in the following table (this doesn't include the circa £3.5 billion of Social Security benefits which while devolved supports and supplements UK welfare benefits):-

Portfolio

Level 4

2021-22 Budget Amount (£m)

Associated Reserve Power

Assumption for inclusion

Safer Communities

Scottish Veterans Fund and the administration of the fund by Veterans Scotland, Capacity Building Grant for Veterans Scotland and supports Ministerial input to Commemorations.

0.5

Defence

Provides support for those in armed forces which links to defence

CEAC

International Development Fund

10.0

Foreign policy

Supports development programmes delivered by a range of organisations in Scotland. In line with Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998, and underpinning agreement from the UK Government giving Scottish Ministers the necessary powers to undertake International Development work.

CEAC

Humanitarian Aid

1.0

Foreign policy

Budget for Humanitarian Emergency Fund. In line with Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.

F&E

Capital costs relating to improving digital connectivity infrastructure across Scotland.

98.2

Telecomms

Telecoms is a reserved policy area.

F&E

Resource costs relating to improving digital connectivity infrastructure across Scotland.

4.1

Telecomms

Telecoms is a reserved policy area.

Justice

Support for the armed forces and veterans community in Scotland.

1.5

Defence

Provides support for those in armed forces which links to defence

F&E

Employability - Fair Start Scotland

34.1

Employment

Funds employment support services for those most in need of support. Job search and support is reserved (except education, vocational and careers services)

F&E

Employability & workforce skills

22.0

Employment

Funds a range of employability services included for disadvantaged, disabled, care-experienced. Job search and support is reserved.

SJH&LG

Equalities

30.5

Equal opportunities

Promoting Equality and Human Rights which links to Equal opportunities

F&E

Consumer Scotland Policy and Advice

4.6

Consumer Protection

The consumer policy and advice budget is to allow the delivery of advice to citizens across Scotland by the Citizens Advice Network on consumer matters and to ensure consumer interests are represented to government, regulators and decision-makers. It will also support the establishment of a new public body Consumer Scotland to represent consumer interests.

F&E

Accountant in Bankruptcy

2.5

Insolvency

Linked to insolvency which is reserved. The budget continues to allow Accountant in Bankruptcy to ensure access to fair and just processes of debt relief and debt management for the people of Scotland, which takes account of the rights and interests of those involved.

F&E

Business Economic Network Support

2.0

Business Associations

This could be linked to business associations spend which is reserved. This budget covers the costs (principally in relation to accommodation, catering, travel and subsistence) involved in the biannual meetings of the Convention of the Highlands and Islands, a range of minor costs associated with sponsorship of SE and HIE.

F&E

Innovation and Industries (Aerospace Research & Development)

1.0

Outer Space

New capital funding to support Aerospace Research & Development, therefore could be linked to outer space which is reserved.

F&E

International Trade and Investment

18.0

International Relations

Link to international relations which is reserved. The Budget reflects Scottish Government’s increased ambition for internationalisation of the economy and will support delivery of the actions outlined in our three international economy plans for Inward Investment, Trade and Capital - all underpinned by our soon to be published values led Trade Vision.

F&E

Enterprise Zones

39.0

Industrial Development

NMIS and AMCF support manufacturing section which could be linked to industrial development.
‎ Support for the manufacturing sector and continued business engagement, it includes funding to progress the new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) with the aim to develop and enhance skills, accelerate innovation and improve productivity.

F&E

Low Carbon Economy (Green Jobs Fund)

4.9

Employment
‎ Industrial Development
‎ Energy

Links to 3 reserved areas. This budget line has a focus on supporting our low carbon economy ambitions. Includes Green Jobs Fund (Supply Chain Development) ), Low Carbon Manufacturing Fund (£26m over 5 years) and Clyde Mission Low Carbon Heating (£25m over 5 years). Link to employment, Industrial development and energy.

NZ,E&T

Sustainable Action Fund (Climate Justice Fund)

1.7

International Relations

Climate Justice Fund purpose is to help fight global climate change therefore is linked to international relations which is reserved (note there is a separate FOI request about this fund specifically, following FM's announcement to treble the funding - 202100252499)

NZ,E&T

Sustainable Action Fund (Climate Challenge Programme Malawi)

0.8

International Relations

Link to international relations which is reserved

NZ,E&T

Climate Change Policy (International)

1.5

International Relations

Link to international relations which is reserved

NZ,E&T

Energy Efficiency and Industries

108.5

Energy

Energy is reserved.
‎ This budget supports the promotion of energy efficiency, the continual development of Energy Efficient Scotland and supporting heat decarbonisation. It includes funding to support major capital funding programmes to decarbonise the buildings in the non-domestic and public sectors; projects supporting the transition phase of Energy Efficient Scotland; development of district heating regulations and legislation; provision of programmes of advice and support to encourage the continued uptake of home renewables and non-domestic energy efficiency measures.

NZ,E&T

Renewable and Community Energy

38.8

Energy

Energy is reserved.
‎ In recognition of the potential of wind, hydro, wave and tidal energy to curb global emissions, this budget supports renewable energy projects, including support for the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES). It also helps increase community ownership of renewable energy developments and supports renewables workforce development.

NZ,E&T

Low Carbon Economy

50.9

Energy

Energy is reserved.
‎ The low carbon economy budget is aimed at supporting the development of low carbon infrastructure projects including heat networks and the development of innovative financial mechanisms to encourage investment in low carbon infrastructure.

NZ,E&T

Energy Consents, Strategy and Operations

2.4

Energy

Energy is reserved.
‎ Energy Consents Unit processes applications for onshore wind farms, battery storage and other energy related projects. The bulk of spend is on staffing and related costs.

SJ,H&LG

Discretionary Housing Payments

83.1

Social Security (non-devolved social security schemes)

Funding for Discretionary Housing Payments to fully mitigate losses as a result of the "bedroom tax". Of the total, £71m is anticipated to be spent on bedroom tax mitigation. Also allows Local Authorities to provide support to qualifying individuals in housing crisis, including support for those affected by Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates and benefit cap. These benefits are reserved.

SJ,H&LG

Promoting Equality and Human Rights

32.3

Equal Opportunities

Equal opportunities is reserved. This budget supports the equality and human rights infrastructure across Scotland. Investing in the capacity of equality organisations; Strategic Interventions to support key equality outcomes; and specific funds to support frontline activity to address violence against women and to support activities to promote equality and human rights.

 

TOTAL

593.9