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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-07253
Asked by: Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 11 March 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what the running cost was for each of its directorates in each of the last five years.

Current status: Answered by Ivan McKee on 20 April 2022


Answer

For financial years up to and including 2018-19, the Administration Portfolio budget covered the costs of the core administration, including staffing, required to support the Scottish Government.

From financial year 2019-20, operating costs were aligned with the Portfolio budgets that they support and the Administration Portfolio was removed from the Scottish Budget. The new approach replaced the dual system of Administration and portfolio budgets both funding operating costs. As a result, Scottish Government operating costs are more transparent.

The increase in total operating cost of the Scottish Government in recent years reflects additional responsibilities taken on from the UK Government. The Scottish Government has taken on significant new powers, both raising its own revenues through devolved taxes and delivering public services such as social security and significant numbers of additional staff have been recruited to support these new responsibilities.

The change to reporting of operating costs means that we are unable to provide comparable information over the last five years. We can provide Directorate-level detail for the last three year financial years. However, there have been organisational changes each year, meaning that Directorates are not necessarily comparable year on year.

The Administration Portfolio outturn for 2017-18 and 2018-19 and the Operating Cost model introduced from 2019-20 are set out in the 2019-20 Budget Bill, Annex G, Table G.02. Annex G - Scottish Budget 2019-2020 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

The following tables show the final outturn for 2019-20, 2020-21 and the 2021-22 budget for Operating Costs. The 2021-22 actuals will be available in mid-June, when Provisional Outturn is reported to Parliament.

 

Operating Costs by Directorate

2019-20 Outturn

2020-21 Outturn

 

£k

£k

DG Communities

59,679

77,990

Directorate of Equality Inclusion & Human Rights

0

1

Housing and Social Justice

17,369

17,040

Local Government & Communities

14,055

15,871

Social Security

28,256

45,078

DG Constitution and External Affairs

21,283

25,090

Constitution and Cabinet

6,607

7,251

Directorate for Covid Co-ordination

0

1,281

EU Directorate

2,013

2,334

External Affairs

9,244

8,201

Organisational Readiness Directorate

1,376

3,707

Parliamentary Counsel Office

2,043

2,317

DG Corporate

138,464

161,696

Commercial and Procurement

20,376

21,864

Communications, Ministerial Support & Facilities Directorate

48,831

51,105

Directorate for Digital

24,884

38,119

Directorate for People

19,254

21,167

Financial Management

9,784

11,109

Legal Services (Solicitor to the Scottish Government)

12,538

15,386

Planning and Environmental Appeals

2,797

2,947

DG Economy

156,755

162,376

Chief Economist

5,314

5,789

Covid Business Resilience and Support

0

2,111

Directorate for Agriculture & Rural Delivery

57,782

56,344

Directorate for Culture, Tourism & Major Events

3,410

3,789

Directorate for Economic Development

11,217

9,905

Directorate for Energy & Climate Change

10,356

12,313

Directorate for Environment and Forestry

6,906

7,785

Directorate for Fair Work, Employability & Skills

8,315

9,327

Directorate for International Trade and Investment

5,027

5,559

Directorate for Marine Scotland

40,874

40,677

Directorate for Sustainable Land Use & Rural Policy

4,103

4,869

Ferguson Marine

339

1,096

Scottish National Investment Bank

3,112

2,810

DG Education and Justice

60,261

62,964

Advanced Learning & Science Directorate

4,395

4,052

Children and Families

13,214

14,365

Directorate for Early Learning & Childcare Programme

2,762

2,664

HM Inspectorate of Prisons

941

908

Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland

328

322

Justice Directorate

12,385

12,262

Learning

10,419

11,154

Safer Communities

15,816

17,237

DG Health and Social Care

50,353

71,561

Directorate for Chief Medical Officer

4,097

6,066

Directorate for Chief Nursing Officer

3,895

5,237

Directorate for COVID Public Health

2,172

7,308

Directorate for Digital Reform & Service Engagement

1,930

3,926

Directorate for Health Finance, Corporate Governance & Value

2,852

3,244

Directorate for Health Workforce

4,648

6,815

Directorate for Healthcare Quality & Improvement

3,987

4,793

Directorate for Mental Health and Social Care

9,556

14,704

Directorate for Performance & Delivery

6,792

8,309

Directorate for Population Health

7,332

7,522

Directorate for Primary Care

3,094

3,637

DG Scottish Exchequer

9,031

9,488

Budget & Sustainability

2,200

2,306

Internal Audit

2,718

2,654

Performance & Strategic Outcomes

1,818

2,135

Tax

2,295

2,393

   

Operating costs not attributable to a specific Directorate*

3,336

15,397

Grand Total

499,162

586,562

* These include Employee Benefits and income from Scottish Parliament in relation to Ministerial pay.

Some costs borne by Directorates include central costs, such as those relating to systems.

Operating Costs by Directorate

2021-22 Budgets post Spring Budget Revision

£k

Communities

73,020

Directorate for Equality Inclusion and Human Rights

5,665

Directorate for Housing and Social Justice

16,605

Directorate for Local Government and Communities

12,107

Directorate for Social Security

38,643

Corporate

205,265

Corporate Transformation and Workplace Directorate

36,266

Directorate for Communication and Ministerial Support

26,950

Directorate for Digital

45,414

Directorate for Financial Management

12,050

Directorate for Legal Services (Solicitor to the Scottish Government)

18,997

Directorate for People

29,523

Directorate for Propriety and Ethics

1,000

Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate

35,065

Economy

30,732

Directorate for Chief Economist

5,388

Directorate for Covid Business Resilience and Support

2,326

Directorate for Economic Development

8,509

Directorate for Fair Work Employability and Skills

8,081

Directorate for International Trade and Investment

6,428

Education and Justice

56,693

Directorate for Advanced Learning and Science

5,478

Directorate for Children and Families

15,826

Directorate for Early Learning and Childcare Programme

3,324

Directorate for Justice

7,854

Directorate for Learning

11,591

Directorate for Safer Communities

12,620

Health and Social Care

95,439

Directorate for Chief Medical Officer

7,963

Directorate for Chief Nursing Officer

5,028

Directorate for Children and Families

1,860

Directorate for Primary Care

4,264

Directorate for Digital Reform & Service Engagement

3,979

Directorate for Health Finance, Corporate Governance and Value

4,284

Directorate for Health Performance and Delivery

8,025

Directorate for Health Workforce, Leadership and Service Reform

9,300

Directorate for Healthcare Quality and Improvement

5,671

Directorate for Mental Health & Social Care Support

17,981

Directorate for Population Health

10,280

Directorate for Covid Response

12,174

Directorate for Vaccines Policy and Strategy

4,630

Net Zero

144,210

Directorate for Agriculture and Rural Economy

73,250

Directorate for Energy and Climate Change

15,641

Directorate for Environment and Forestry

9,303

Directorate for Marine Scotland

46,016

Scottish Exchequer

10,757

Directorate for Budget and Public Spending

2,461

Directorate for Internal Audit and Assurance

3,212

Directorate for Performance and Strategic Outcomes

2,625

Directorate for Tax and Fiscal Sustainability

2,459

Strategy and External Affairs

39,894

Directorate for Constitution and Cabinet

8,555

Directorate for COVID Co-ordination

4,579

Directorate for Culture and Major Events

2,883

Directorate for External Affairs

9,939

Directorate for Organisational Readiness

10,171

EU Directorate

1,748

Parliamentary Counsel Office

2,019

Grand Total

656,010