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Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13

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Chapter 12 Culture and External Affairs

Portfolio Responsibilities

The Culture and External Affairs portfolio includes policy on culture, the built and historic environment, Scotland's documentary heritage and European and International affairs.

The portfolio seeks to promote Scotland's interests and identity at home and abroad and contributes to delivering Scotland's economic ambition. It aims to enhance the quality of life for Scotland's communities through maximising access to high-quality cultural events and opportunities. It promotes, protects and provides access to Scotland's historic environment through Historic Scotland and it promotes the delivery of high-quality places and buildings to support Scotland's communities.

Supporting Recovery and Increasing Sustainable Economic Growth

The Scottish Government is developing strong relationships with a carefully selected number of countries to bring a sharp economic focus to our work and to strengthen Scotland's position in the world. Our International Framework is supported by a series of targeted plans with China, India, Pakistan, South Asia, Canada and the USA, and a refreshed international development policy focusing on our engagement with developing countries. Our presence in the key markets of China and North America promotes Scotland as a modern nation with competitive advantage in rapidly growing sectors like low carbon technologies, life sciences and food and drink. Exports to the USA alone are worth more than £3 billion a year to the Scottish economy.

The Action Plan on European Engagement, which also supports the International Framework and sits along side the targeted plans for countries outside of Europe, highlights the EU policy priorities of energy and climate change; marine environment; research and creativity; and freedom, security and justice where the Scottish Government has a key role to play in enhancing Scotland's profile in Europe. This focuses Scotland's engagement where we have specific devolved interest, clear expertise and can benefit fully from the opportunities available. The EU provides Scotland with access to the world's largest trading market - the Single Market of almost half a billion consumers - and is our most important overseas export market worth £9.6 billion in 2009.

The creative industries in Scotland support over 60,000 jobs and contribute over £5 billion to the economy; the historic environment supports 60,000 jobs and contributes more than £2.3 billion; and Scotland's museums and galleries welcome an estimated 25.3 million visitors per annum and are worth an estimated £800 million to the economy. Our support for the cultural National Collections and Performing Companies and for Creative Scotland, Historic Scotland and the National Records of Scotland makes a vital contribution to this and to increasing numbers of visitors for Scotland's tourism industry.

Historic Scotland also has a lead role in providing technical and scientific advice on improving the energy efficiency of Scotland's 460,000 traditional buildings and is delivering its own significant carbon reduction commitment for the many properties in its estate. Locally sourced traditional skills and materials have much potential to contribute to carbon reduction. The other cultural bodies are also taking steps to reduce their carbon emissions. Furthermore there is a role for culture in promoting the climate change agenda and stimulating debate and behavioural change through cultural performances, literature, art and broadcasting.

The role of architecture in supporting and developing Scotland's communities is a key element of the portfolio. Scottish architecture reflects our creativity, innovation and sense of cultural identity and adds to economic growth through the export value of services. The importance of innovation in Scottish architecture is key to developing a sustainable future, creating green jobs, reducing carbon emissions and contributing to Scotland's reputation as the green powerhouse of Europe.

OUR NATIONAL OUTCOMES

The policies, activities and expenditure of the Culture and External Affairs portfolio contribute to a number of our national outcomes, especially:

  • We take pride in a strong, fair and inclusive national identity;
  • Our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens;
  • Our children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed; and
  • We value and enjoy our built and natural environment and protect it and enhance it for future generations.

The portfolio helps create and sustain a strong, fair and inclusive national identity through its support for cultural and heritage organisations to tell Scotland's story on the ground and to promote and strengthen our identity to a wide range of audiences from home and abroad. It supports the creative economy by encouraging creative industries to become leading edge in their field, by celebrating diversity and by managing Scotland's reputation as a distinctive global identity through promoting Scotland as a modern and dynamic nation. Our sense of who we are - as individuals and as a nation - must be underpinned by our culture and our heritage, our creativity and our risk-taking. Taking part in cultural activities improves wellbeing and helps to create resilience to see us through times of economic turbulence.

This wide-ranging portfolio also contributes to helping our young people become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens; and to giving our children the best start in life. It does this, for example, through helping children be creative and express ideas, experience quality cultural performances and learn about their heritage and historic environment; and through the support and development of creativity in business, schools and communities.

The portfolio contributes to protecting and enhancing our natural and built environment, supporting innovative and sustainable approaches to new Scottish architecture and, through the work of Historic Scotland, by providing advice and guidance on the protection of Scotland's historic environment.

Through its coordination of European engagement across government, the portfolio contributes to making Scotland the most attractive place for doing business in Europe - for example by helping Ministers and officials develop economic opportunities with bilateral partners and suggesting improvements to the implementation of single market measures.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

Since 2007 the portfolio has made significant strides in promoting Scotland at home and abroad as an attractive place to live and work and in making the most of Scotland's rich and diverse culture and history. Historic Scotland has invested £63 million of grant aid in protecting and enhancing the historic environment, supporting the regeneration of our cities and rural areas, and has grown its income from visitors from £26 million to a forecast outturn figure of £31 million for 2011-12, with Edinburgh Castle achieving record-breaking visitor numbers in July and August 2011. Historic Scotland has also invested in a £12 million project to conserve and present James V's royal palace at Stirling Castle. This project, which opened to the public in June 2011, provides a major new attraction.

Creative Scotland, established in July 2010, launched its corporate plan with a series of highly successful roadshows across Scotland in spring 2011. It also launched its programme of 15 new investment streams (replacing the previous 100-plus grant funds), aimed at investing in Scotland's creative future across the spectrum of arts, culture and creative industries. Creative Scotland is an energetic champion and advocate for the arts. For example, in partnership with The List, Creative Scotland published the first comprehensive Guide to Scottish Festivals for 2011, a very well received guide to over 280 festivals from distinctive local events to world-renowned international festivals.

Our £8 million Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund in 2007-11 has showcased and raised the profile of Scottish talent. Thousands of artists and performers have played to audiences of over 1 million at the Festivals and beyond. The Edinburgh Festivals generated £261 million for the Scottish economy in 2010 and supported 5,242 new jobs in Edinburgh.

In 2009-10 the five National Performing Companies gave nearly 700 performances and delivered over 4,000 education events to around 500,000 people across Scotland.

Since they began in 2009, our Winter Festivals programmes have had a positive impact on Scots' pride in their identity through the celebration of their national days, as well as demonstrating that Scotland is open for business through the winter period.

The opening, at the National Records of Scotland, of the world-leading ScotlandsPeople Centre for family history in 2009 has provided a continuing attraction to ancestral tourists. We will work in cooperation with local authorities to create a network of similar centres across the country, encouraging more tourist visits. The user experience will be enhanced with the inclusion of digitised records from national collections. The freely available online Dictionary of Scottish Architects, maintained by Historic Scotland, is a global resource connecting genealogists and historians world-wide to their built heritage. The Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative has focused the potential of architecture and design towards creating places that are inspiring, distinctive and sustainable. The initiative supports ambitious and innovative projects across Scotland, each dedicated to raising standards and developing skills in design, architecture and sustainable construction, and encouraging communities to participate actively in the creative process.

Building design of major architectural significance, such as the V&A at Dundee, reflects Scotland's sense of cultural identity as a diverse, creative and innovative nation as well as supporting positive transformation for our communities.

Scotland's Housing Expo 2010, the first event of its kind in Scotland, demonstrated an approach to innovative, sustainable architecture and place-making that reflects a distinctive and modern Scottish identity. It has helped to change attitudes in the construction industry towards house and place design and has already inspired the creation of new jobs around the use of Scottish building materials and components.

We have continued to develop Scotland Week, which provides a major platform to promote modern Scotland in two of its most important business and tourism markets ( USA and Canada) in the context of the government's key economic and strategic objectives. The primary focus of Scotland Week 2011 was a range of business meetings and other engagements, in a total of nine cities across Canada and the USA, with a Ministerial programme of around 30 engagements in five cities, aimed at promoting Scotland as an internationally competitive and innovative business location.

We have supported and enhanced Scotland's cultural reputation and experiences by providing £22 million towards the redevelopment of the National Museum and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; by safeguarding the public display of the Bridgewater Collection until 2030; through the acquisition of Titian's Diana and Actaeon; and by contributing to the acquisition of the £125 million valued d'Offay Collection of modern art - enabling the National Galleries of Scotland to show great international post-war and contemporary art right across Scotland. The redevelopment of the National Museum has been hugely successful, welcoming over 460,000 visitors in its first month of opening, more than four times the previous record number of visitors for August.

Following the launch of the refreshed international development policy in 2008, we increased the International Aid budget to £9 million in 2010-11. This has supported a range of targeted initiatives across Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Malawi but also in Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Sudan and a new programme for South Asia building on our historical relationships. Emergency assistance has also been made available to support countries devastated by humanitarian disasters, such as the Pakistan floods and Haiti earthquake, and to deliver humanitarian relief to drought stricken East Africa - vital work that has saved lives.

The Fresh Talent initiative, including support for the Relocation Advisory Service has encouraged people from a range of countries across the world to choose Scotland as a place to work, live, learn and remain to support economic growth.

We have also built Scotland's reputation and engagement on an international level. In China we have seen our relationship strengthen and 2011 has already seen significant milestones reached in our relationship which symbolise China's valued friendship with Scotland: the opening up of the Chinese market to Scottish products including salmon; the award of geographical indication status for Scotch whisky; and an agreement to lend two giant pandas to Edinburgh Zoo.

We are also committed to developing our relationship with India, particularly in the areas of trade and investment, education and science, tourism and culture. In education and science several educational Memoranda of Understanding have been signed between Scottish and Indian Universities to promote collaboration, four during the First Minister's visit to India in October 2010. Cultural links continue to deepen and were given added impetus by the Commonwealth Games handover process in 2010.

Since 2007 the Scottish Government has increased its attendance at EU Council meetings, positively contributing to the EU climate-change agenda in particular. We are also continuing to press for a statutory right to be included in the UK delegations to Council proceedings through changes to the Scotland Bill.

The Scottish Government has been successful in securing the agreement of the British-Irish Council to the location of its Standing Secretariat in Edinburgh. The Scottish Government will meet the set-up costs for the Standing Secretariat and has been successful in driving down the estimated annual running costs.

MANAGING PRESSURES AND CUTS IN PUBLIC EXPENDITURE

In 2012-13 we will prioritise access to world class cultural performances and exhibitions by protecting the operating budgets for the National Performing Companies and National Collections bodies. We will look to decrease reliance on direct government funding through a number of measures including a return to "normal" activity at National Records of Scotland following the census activity and through plans to expand income generation across the cultural bodies, particularly at Historic Scotland. We will also continue our important international development work by maintaining the £9 million per annum International Development Fund to support the vulnerable in developing countries.

We will minimise reductions to Creative Scotland core grant in aid and maintain the ring-fenced funding provided to Creative Scotland and will deliver minor reductions across the Europe and External Affairs budget to achieve savings and create budgetary space for our new commitments on the British-Irish Council and Canadian engagement.

OUR PRIORITIES

The Culture and External Affairs portfolio will spend £232.4 million in 2012-13 on portfolio priorities, including maintaining cultural and heritage assets and widening access to these, and the promotion of Scotland on the world stage. This is £13.2 million or 5.4 per cent less than in 2011-12. In addition, the new Young Scots Fund will provide £5.4 million in 2012-13 (£50 million over four years) for investment in emerging young talent in creativity, enterprise and sport.

We will manage the budget reductions in such a way as to protect the provision of front-line services across the portfolio. In particular Historic Scotland is confident in managing the reductions in its budget by growing existing income, investigating new income streams and securing efficiencies from its operations.

The impact of this is that there will be a significant reduction in the government's ability to respond to the many and various requests for funding which it receives throughout the year for both cultural and international spend.

The Culture budget will continue to support Scotland's economic potential, particularly in the growth of the creative industries and in opportunities for cultural tourism across Scotland.

We will maximise, within available resources, the economic and cultural benefits of Scotland's national cultural assets through, for example, continued funding for the National Collections and National Performing Companies. We will argue the case for the establishment of a new Scottish public service broadcaster, the Scottish Digital Network, to provide a sustainable choice of quality television programming. We will work in partnership with the wider public sector, the third sector and private companies to boost rates of digital participation in Scotland. This will deliver one of the key ambitions in the Scottish Government's digital strategy, published in March 2011, and will enable everyone in Scotland to have the opportunity to benefit fully from the digital age.

With its streamlined investment programmes and organisational structure, and its integrated business systems, Creative Scotland is maximising its support for artists and creative practitioners of all kinds across Scotland. This support promotes Scotland's cultural strengths and provides a boost for the creative economy and for tourism both nationally and locally. This has even greater resonance in 2012, the themed Year of Creative Scotland and Scotland's cultural activities celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic Games, building our legacy for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games in 2014. Following its protection in the 2011-12 budget, we have reduced Creative Scotland's core budget by two per cent, in the knowledge that significant efficiencies have already been made through moving to a single body. We have maintained ring-fenced funding for the Youth Music Initiative (£10 million) to provide free music tuition for school children and for Arts and Business (£0.3 million) to help maximise private sector investment in the arts.

The portfolio capital budget will contribute to the development of the V&A at Dundee project which is key in the regeneration of the Dundee waterfront. The budget also supports redevelopment of the Glasgow Theatre Royal and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Historic Scotland, with £45.3 million in Scottish Government funding, will deliver key projects such as the Bannockburn Battlefield and Visitor Centre project. It will continue to protect and enhance the historic environment and will invest in the representation of Edinburgh Castle and the Honours of Scotland. It will also focus on increasing its contribution to Scottish tourism through the generation of increased visitor numbers and commercial income; support and develop Scotland's traditional building skills; promote understanding and appreciation of the rich heritage through designation and outreach; drive forward the development and application of new digital technologies; and lead on the contribution of Scotland's traditional buildings to meeting climate change targets. Historic Scotland will deliver budget reductions by growing income from existing sources and exploiting new areas of income generation; introducing effective workforce planning to ensure the Agency's structure supports its priorities and protects front-line services; and by actively pursuing efficiencies through shared service or partnership projects with VisitScotland, the National Records of Scotland and other sector partners.

We will use the Major Events and Themed Years budget of £1.5 million to support the development of Scotland's events industry, building on the success of Homecoming Scotland 2009 which, with over 400 events, generated £53.7 million in additional tourism revenue for Scotland. The budget will support the themed Year of Creative Scotland in 2012 and the Year of Natural Scotland in 2013, and will support some of the initial activity in relation to Scotland's staging its next Year of Homecoming in 2014, when Scotland will welcome the world for the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and the Edinburgh Festivals.

The International Relations budget of £14.4 million will promote Scotland internationally and contribute aid where it is most needed. The International Development Fund, which is maintained at £9 million, significantly more than double the 2007-08 level, will provide vital support to the most vulnerable in developing countries, ensuring that they too have an opportunity to build a sustainable economic future. Our funds are carefully targeted in a number of specific countries where Scotland has forged strong relationships, both historical and contemporary, ensuring that Scotland fulfils its moral responsibility to provide an effective contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Our unique relationship with Malawi remains a key priority.

The International Image budget will continue to deliver a programme of work to promote Scotland internationally, to engage with international networks and with Scotland's diaspora. It will also raise the profile of Scotland's national day and other key events in the Scottish calendar, and promote our offering for visitors and residents through Scotland's Winter Festivals.

In 2012-13 we will:

  • provide a further contribution towards the V&A at Dundee project and to two National Performing Companies cultural capital projects in Glasgow;
  • expand the reach of the Edinburgh Festivals Expo fund by continuing our annual £2 million investment;
  • develop and deliver manifesto commitments for a film investors night and a national book week;
  • continue our contribution to the Bannockburn Battlefield and Visitor Centre project;
  • maintain revenue funding for the cultural National Collections and National Performing Companies to ensure the provision of access to high quality performances, exhibitions and services;
  • maintain our annual £9 million International Development Fund;
  • work with EventScotland to maximise the promotional value of the Ryder Cup 2012 in Chicago so as to promote Scotland's Year of Homecoming in 2014 and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles;
  • contribute to the cultural aspects of Scotland's programme of activity for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in 2014;
  • increase the number of apprentices pursuing traditional building skills by at least 30;
  • continue our commitment to the principle of free public access to the national collections; and
  • begin our investment of the Young Scots Fund to support emerging youth talent.
2011-12
Budget
£m
2012-13
Draft Budget
£m
2013-14
Plans
£m
2014-15
Plans
£m
Europe and External Affairs16.115.915.715.5
Culture
154.6149.2143.8143.2
Historic Scotland47.045.340.335.7
National Records of Scotland27.922.020.219.5
Young Scots Fund-5.412.57.5
Total Level 2245.6237.8232.5221.4
of which:
DEL Resource
225.7222.9223.8212.9
DEL Capital
19.914.98.78.5
AME
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Table 12.02: Detailed Spending Plans (Level 2 real terms) at 2011-12 prices

2011-12
Budget
£m
2012-13
Draft Budget
£m
2013-14
Plans
£m
2014-15
Plans
£m
Europe and External Affairs16.115.514.914.3
Culture
154.6145.5136.6132.6
Historic Scotland47.044.238.333.0
National Records of Scotland27.921.519.218.0
Young Scots Fund-5.311.96.9
Total Level 2245.6232.0220.9204.8
of which:
DEL Resource
225.7217.5212.6196.9
DEL Capital
19.914.58.37.9
AME
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Europe and External Affairs

Table 12.03: More detailed categories of spending

2011-12
Budget
£m
2012-13
Draft Budget
£m
2013-14
Plans
£m
2014-15
Plans
£m
Major Events and Themed Years1.71.51.61.7
International Relations14.414.414.113.8
Total16.115.915.715.5
of which:
DEL Resource
16.115.915.715.5
DEL Capital
----
AME
----

What the budget does

The Europe and External Affairs budget supports the promotion of Scotland, and Scotland's interests and identity both at home and abroad. It contributes towards the promotion of Scotland as a responsible nation in the world, including our international development work, and to supporting the government's Purpose through the advancement of Scotland's place in Europe and the wider world. The budget assists in maximising Scotland's influence within the EU, and builds on mutually beneficial links with other countries including Canada, the USA, India and China. The budget supports the attraction of fresh talent to live, study and work in Scotland. It also supports activity to stimulate growth within our events industry.

In 2012-13 we will:

  • maintain the International Development Fund at £9 million;
  • take forward the manifesto commitment to implement the USA, Canada and South Asia Country Plans as well as updating and implementing the China Plan;
  • deliver another Scotland Week programme on budget and at half the cost of previous Tartan Weeks;
  • work with Scottish Development International, VisitScotland, EventScotland and other partners to design, fund and deliver a programme of promotional activity around the 2012 Ryder Cup in Chicago;
  • support the Year of Creative Scotland in 2012 and the Year of Natural Scotland in 2013;
  • capitalise on the Olympic and Paralympics Games in 2012 and also the Commonwealth Games in 2014 to develop and create a cultural programme and a long-lasting, meaningful cultural legacy that: reinforces the contribution that a strong, vibrant cultural offer brings to the lives of people across Scotland; boosts tourism; and enhances Scotland's international image;
  • support activity in the planning, development and promotion of our next Year of Homecoming in 2014;
  • contribute to the running costs of the British-Irish Council Standing Secretariat in Edinburgh;
  • deliver a successful 2012 British-Irish Council summit, attracting Ministers and delegates from the eight members' administrations to Scotland;
  • establish and maintain relations with other European countries;
  • establish a programme of Brussels events promoting Scottish Government sectoral priorities and projecting Scotland as a dynamic contributor to EU policy making; and
  • maintain productive and proactive engagement with key EU stakeholders focused on delivering Scottish Government EU priorities.

Culture

Table 12.04: More detailed categories of spending (Level 3)

2011-12
Budget
£m
2012-13
Draft Budget
£m
2013-14
Plans
£m
2014-15
Plans
£m
Creative Scotland and Other Arts53.051.950.750.4
Cultural Collections77.073.469.569.6
National Performing Companies24.623.923.623.2
Total154.6149.2143.8143.2
of which:
DEL Resource
139.1137.9136.2135.2
DEL Capital
15.511.37.68.0
AME
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What the budget does

The Culture budget contributes towards enhancing the quality of life for Scotland's communities through maximising participation in high quality cultural events and opportunities, supporting a wide range of government commitments relating to culture.

In 2012-13 we will:

  • continue our capital funding contribution to the V&A at Dundee project and the redevelopment of two key cultural venues in Glasgow in advance of the Commonwealth Games in 2014;
  • maintain revenue budgets for the National Collections bodies and the National Performing Companies at 2011-12 levels, enabling the provision of public access to and enjoyment of the national collections and supporting the artistic and educational work of the Companies;
  • maintain ring-fenced funding for the Youth Music Initiative (£10 million) to provide free music tuition for school children and for Arts and Business (£0.3 million) to help maximise private sector investment in the arts;
  • continue the successful Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, providing £2 million to support showcasing Scottish talent and continue the International Touring Fund (£0.35 million) for the National Performing Companies to perform beyond Scotland's shores; and
  • continue our commitment to the principle of free public access to the national collections.

Historic Scotland

Table 12.05: More detailed spending plans (Level 3)

2011-12
Budget
£m
2012-13
Draft Budget
£m
2013-14
Plans
£m
2014-15
Plans
£m
Staff Costs
28.628.627.226.7
Other Running Costs6.46.25.85.6
Programme
35.434.734.432.1
Capital Charges3.33.33.33.3
Capital Expenditure2.13.10.6-
Less income
-28.8-30.6-31.0-32.0
Total47.045.340.335.7
of which:
DEL Resource
44.942.239.735.7
DEL Capital
2.13.10.6-
AME
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What the budget does

Historic Scotland protects and promotes Scotland's historic environment, through the conservation and maintenance of 345 nationally significant historic properties and monuments in the care of Scottish Ministers and, as the largest operator of paid visitor attractions in Scotland, through the employment of over 1,000 staff around Scotland who help to maintain our position as a world-class visitor destination. In its work with VisitScotland and VisitBritain, it is a key player in supporting tourism in Scotland.

It provides advice on the special interest and management of the most important parts of Scotland's wider historic environment, including listed buildings, scheduled monuments, wreck sites, gardens and designed landscapes and battlefields, far beyond the 345 properties. It promotes cultural identity and associated community regeneration through designations, through educational programmes and through the Historic Environment Grants Programme. This Programme contributes funding for the repair of Scotland's most important historic buildings, the regeneration of historic areas and the enhancement of the quality of Scotland's historic city centres.

Historic Scotland, as Scotland's largest employer of stonemasons also protects and supports traditional skills through its employment of skilled crafts people and its work with colleges, Sector Skills Councils and others. This support is underlined by its commitment to employ 30 additional apprentices over the next three years. Through the provision of technical and scientific advice Historic Scotland is leading on improving the energy efficiency of Scotland's 460,000 traditional buildings and making a significant contribution to the government's carbon reduction targets. In its regulatory role it is continuing to improve and simplify the planning system, and working in partnership with Glasgow School of Art, it is enhancing Scotland's reputation for innovation and excellence at home and internationally through the 3D laser scanning of five international sites as well as the five World Heritage Sites in Scotland - the Scottish Ten project.

In 2012-13 we will:

  • progress key projects such as the Battle of Bannockburn Project (£5 million) which has been successful in securing first-stage approval for Heritage Lottery Fund support (£3.8 million), and deliver the manifesto commitment on the Scottish Ten (£1.5 million);
  • progress work on establishing the National Conservation Centre;
  • invest in local regeneration across Scotland through our grants schemes, refresh our properties to improve our visitor offering, conserve and maintain our properties, provide guidance on energy efficiency and on maintaining traditional buildings drawing on our research and the experience of managing our estate;
  • explore all possible means of increasing income from alternative sources including our tourism and commercial activities, sponsorship, and donations, and using our estate creatively;
  • look at the scope to share services and simplify the landscape across the heritage management and tourism landscape;
  • ensure that we get maximum value from all our running costs expenditure through an ongoing efficiency programme, and from our IT, digital, people and training strategies, with a view to releasing resources to front-line delivery; and
  • evidence the wider economic contribution of the historic environment to Scotland's growth and economy.

National Records of Scotland

Table 12.06: More detailed categories of spending (Level 3)

2011-12
Budget
£m
2012-13
Draft Budget
£m
2013-14
Plans
£m
2014-15
Plans
£m
Administration Costs30.926.825.024.3
Less retained income(7.5)(7.5)(7.5)(7.5)
Depreciation Charges2.22.22.22.2
Capital Expenditure2.30.50.50.5
Total27.922.020.219.5
of which:
DEL Resource
25.621.519.719.0
DEL Capital
2.30.50.50.5
AME
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What the budget does

The National Records of Scotland plays an important role in cultural and economic life and its holdings are central to the nation's sense of identity.

  • The budget, together with generated income, funds the statutory functions of both the Registrar General and the Keeper of the Records - to conduct 10-yearly censuses and prepare and publish demographic and other statistics; to administer civil registration of vital events (births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships, divorces and adoptions) and the related statutes; to maintain the National Health Service Central Register; to preserve and make available public registers and records about individuals and properties; and operate the ScotlandsPeople Website and Centre which provide information for family historians and encourage inbound tourism, building on the Homecoming legacy.

By improving access to the nation's records, National Records of Scotland connects Scots at home and abroad to their past and strengthens their sense of identity at a family, community and national level. In addition to advising Scottish Ministers on records and information policy, National Records of Scotland advises Scottish public authorities on the creation and management of their records, promoting streamlined and more effective government.

In 2012-13 we will:

  • begin publishing the results from Scotland's 2011 Census, in parallel with censuses in the other parts of the UK;
  • commence preliminary work into the development of a data linkage service (alongside other government departments), which will over time increase secure and acceptable data sharing. This will result in a more joined-up and efficient delivery of services, including the combating of fraud and providing more frequent small-area population statistics;
  • continue to expand the resources available through ScotlandsPeople, in particular adding the records from the 1911 Census; and
  • continue to make our records available to ScotlandsPeople customers, in order to stimulate further ancestral tourism visits.

Young Scots Fund

Table 12.07: More detailed categories of spending (Level 3)

2011-12
Budget
£m
2012-13
Draft Budget
£m
2013-14
Plans
£m
2014-15
Plans
£m
Young Scots Fund-5.412.57.5
Total-5.412.57.5
of which:
DEL Resource
-5.412.57.5
DEL Capital
----
AME
----

What the budget does

The Young Scots Fund is a new initiative that will invest over the next four years in emerging young talent in sport, enterprise and creativity. This investment in our young people is an investment in a better future for Scotland. It will range across a number of projects, including a National Indoor Football centre. It will provide opportunities for developing, encouraging and building talent, for Young Scots to excel and realise their potential as our future entrepreneurs, creative practitioners and sports champions.

In 2012-13 we will:

  • begin investment in our youth talent initiative with specific programmes and projects to support and encourage our young people to realise their potential in sport, enterprise and creativity.