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Scottish Draft Budget 2013-14

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Chapter 7 Rural Affairs and the Environment

PORTFOLIO RESPONSIBILITIES

The Rural Affairs and Environment portfolio has responsibility for protecting the environment and for developing rural Scotland through working with rural industries and communities. It is a wide-ranging portfolio that includes the Scottish Government lead on climate change and covers agriculture, marine management and policy, aquaculture, forestry, rural development and environmental policy. Our overarching aim is to grow the rural economy through:

  • community empowerment;
  • improving rural connectivity;
  • building up our world-class food and drink industry;
  • supporting renewables, enhancing our natural resources, and tackling climate change; and
  • investing in the research base.

SUPPORTING RECOVERY AND INCREASING SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH

Since the publication of the Scottish Spending Review in 2011 the economic pressures have only increased, with the demand for action to stimulate economic recovery all the more urgent. The Rural Affairs and Environment portfolio has a particular focus on rural Scotland and we are taking action wherever possible to ensure that all those living and working in our rural areas contribute to, and benefit from, a strong, cohesive Scottish economy.

In the 2011 Spending Review, we therefore focused our limited resources on measures that would support jobs and growth. In particular, we more than doubled the food and drink industry budget; established a new Next Generation Digital Fund to enhance digital connectivity in rural areas; supported community empowerment by creating a new land fund; and maintained and increased resources for the Land Managers' Renewables Fund. Substantial progress has been made in delivering each of these initiatives, while we continue to invest in the rural economy through the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) and the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). These programmes include funding for capital projects across Scotland, supporting local industries and providing local jobs.

Our investment in scientific research provides a foundation for the sustainable use of our natural resources and supports innovation and economic growth across a broad base of rural, environmental and related areas, allowing our businesses to be more competitive, to improve the quality of the goods and services they deliver and to increase the efficiency with which they use resources. Our investment supports a number of the key growth sectors identified in the Government Economic Strategy including Food and Drink (including Agriculture) and Life Science (Animal Health) industries.

The portfolio underpins the sustainable elements of Scotland's economic growth strategy. Scotland's natural assets are key to the success of much of Scotland's economy and our programmes ensure that our natural resources and environmental assets - both on land and in our seas - are used and managed for current and future generations. At a global scale, the portfolio leads the Government's work on emissions reduction and works with other government portfolios to deliver on our climate change targets and to support the development of the low carbon economy.

BUDGET CHANGES

Our spending plans include the following changes made since the publication of Draft Budget 2012-13 which showed total budget plans of £511.5 million for 2013-14 and £513.5 million for 2014-15. These changes in total budget result in a net increase to plans of £9.6 million and £8.6 million respectively giving the revised budget figures of £521.1 million and £522.1 million in table 7.01 below.

Changes to Capital budget allocations

Additional capital budgets for Digital High Speed Broadband of £14.0m/£12.8m were allocated from consequentials.

Minor adjustment of £-0.2m/£0.0m to Forest Enterprise capital budgets relating to the re-profiling of works on the upgrade of visitor facilities as a result of additional allocations in 2012-13 and 2013-14 to shovel ready projects.

Transfer to/(from) Administration

Transfer to Administration of £4.5m/£4.5m relates to the provision of facilities and estates services to Marine Scotland. This is an annual transfer previously given effect through an in-year budget revision and does not reflect an increase in expenditure.

Transfer from Administration of £0.2m/£0.2m to the Drinking Water Quality Regulator to fund the reclassification of functions directly involved in service delivery as programme rather than administration spending.

Other minor changes

Additional allocation of £0.1m/£0.1m to Scottish Natural Heritage for the monitoring of the beaver population in Tayside.

OUR PRIORITIES

Our priorities are to:

  • increase further our commitment to Scotland's food and drink industry and to food education, more than doubling the ongoing budget for food industry support over the spending review period;
  • empower communities through a range of measures, including the climate challenge fund, the new Scottish Land Fund, setting up of the Land Reform Review Group and investment in renewables and rural broadband;
  • create the framework required for the sustainable economic development of Scotland's offshore wind and marine renewables sector;
  • establish a Next Generation Digital Fund to support the roll out of next generation broadband across Scotland, with a particular focus on rural and remote areas;
  • continue support for the Climate Challenge Fund to underline our commitment to community-led action on climate change and the wider Sustainable Action Fund to support implementation of the Public Engagement Strategy on climate change and fulfilment of the Public Bodies Duties provisions of the Climate Change Act;
  • provide financial support for our rural economy through payments to farmers and land managers, so often the mainstay of fragile rural communities;
  • invest through the European Fisheries Fund in order to deliver our commitment to assist with capital investment, increasing competitiveness in the aquaculture, fishing and fish processing industries, and to promote a resilient fleet structure - sectors that contribute significantly to the Scottish economy and that directly support many rural economies;
  • provide a regulatory and policy framework to support continued sustainable growth of Scotland's aquaculture sector towards industry targets of a 50 per cent increase in marine finfish production and 100 per cent increase in shellfish production by 2020;
  • work actively to reform the Common Fisheries Policy, shape the post-2014 European Marine and Fisheries Fund and to implement the inshore fisheries strategy;
  • secure a good deal for Scotland in the negotiations between the European Commission, the Member states and the European Parliament, on the European Union budget for 2014-20 - including the budget for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) - and on the detailed rules for the CAP during that period. We are seeking to increase Scotland's unfairly low share of CAP expenditure, and to secure the flexibility to adapt the new CAP to Scotland's circumstances;
  • prepare to deliver improved customer service for CAP 2014-20 facilitated by investment in a new IT system;
  • manage the end of the 2007-13 Scotland Rural Development Programme and the transition to the 2014-20 programme as smoothly as possible, taking into account constraints imposed by EU rules and procedures;
  • continue to fund a strategic programme of research to support: effective policy and practice; innovation and the economy - including in the key growth sectors of food and drink and life sciences - and scientific excellence in order to maintain the competitive position of the Scottish science base and ensure that government and industry has access to high-quality evidence. We will also continue to support and facilitate collaborative and multidisciplinary science and links with the Research Councils and with the EU to ensure Scotland is well positioned to take advantage of emerging science-based market opportunities;
  • implement the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, which have the potential to deliver £200 million worth of savings (through to 2025) on the costs of managing all of Scotland's waste;
  • maintain our investment in flood protection and our programme of work to implement the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009. This is a major programme of work for the government and responsible authorities, which will provide reassurance to communities and businesses at risk of flooding and could save costs in the future;
  • continue to invest in visitor infrastructure in our National Parks, including levering in private sector funding, to generate further economic growth through enhanced visitor experience, sustainable tourism and support to local businesses and rural communities;
  • aim to increase woodland planting to 10,000 hectares per year including the creation of over 1,000 hectares of new woodlands on the national forest (in particular around Scotland's towns and cities), recognising that forestry continues to be an area of major importance for climate change. The government will invest £64 million in the Forestry Commission and Forest Enterprise in 2013-14; and
  • invest in peatland restoration, as part of our further investment in construction, skills and the green economy. Peatlands offer a number of multiple benefits to the Scottish economy, environment and society, e.g. water quality, biodiversity and potential carbon benefits. There is uncertainty as to the scale of these benefits and during 2013 we expect to see internationally validated carbon figures. This will allow us to take further decisions on a peatland restoration programme based on a greater understanding of costs and benefits. The investment will help us to recognise the multiple benefits provided by our peatlands but also allow us to be prepared to maximise the opportunities international validation of the carbon benefits will provide.

Draft Budget for 2013-14 and Spending Plans for 2014-15 are set out below:

Table 7.01: Detailed spending plans (Level 2)

2012-13
Budget

£m
2013-14
Draft
Budget
£m
2014-15
Plans

£m
EU Support and Related Services 116.4 105.4 103.3
Research, Analysis and Other Services 77.1 74.2 73.2
Marine and Fisheries 59.2 53.9 57.2
Environmental and Rural Services 193.2 204.3 205.9
Climate Change 19.5 19.5 19.4
Forestry Commission 42.4 41.3 41.4
Forest Enterprise 23.1 22.5 21.7
Total Level 2 530.9 521.1 522.1
of which:
DEL Resource 495.8 480.1 478.4
DEL Capital 35.1 41.0 43.7
AME - - -

Table 7:02: Detailed spending plans (Level 2 real terms) at 2012-13 prices

2012-13
Budget

£m
2013-14
Draft
Budget
£m
2014-15
Plans

£m
EU Support and Related Services 116.4 102.8 98.3
Research, Analysis and Other Services 77.1 72.4 69.7
Marine and Fisheries 59.2 52.6 54.4
Environmental and Rural Services 193.2 199.3 196.0
Climate Change 19.5 19.0 18.5
Forestry Commission 42.4 40.3 39.4
Forest Enterprise 23.1 22.0 20.7
Total Level 2 530.9 508.4 496.9
of which:
DEL Resource 495.8 468.4 455.3
DEL Capital 35.1 40.0 41.6
AME - - -

EU Support and Related Services

Table 7.03: More detailed categories of spending (Level 3)

2012-13
Budget

£m
2013-14
Draft
Budget
£m
2014-15
Plans

£m
Single Farm Payment Scheme ** 434.0 434.0 434.0
Scottish Beef Calf Scheme 21.0 21.0 21.0
Business Development 43.8 36.8 42.5
Less Favoured Area Support Scheme 65.5 65.5 65.5
Agri Environment Measures 40.0 38.0 38.0
Forestry 3.5 2.7 2.4
Rural Enterprise 9.2 9.0 9.0
Rural Communities 5.0 4.0 4.0
Leader 10.5 10.5 10.5
Technical Assistance 0.3 0.3 0.3
Crofting Assistance 0.7 0.7 0.7
Payments and Inspections Administration Costs 36.6 34.7 33.6
CAP Compliance Improvements 3.3 3.3 3.3
EU Income (557.0) (555.1) (561.5)
Total 116.4 105.4 103.3
of which:
DEL Resource 97.3 89.5 88.1
DEL Capital 19.1 15.9 15.2
AME - - -

** includes energy Crop Payments

What the budget does

  • The EU Support and Related Services Level 2 budget provides support to the rural economy through the Common Agricultural Policy. Agriculture is an important element of the Scottish economy with a large number of people in rural areas directly employed in agricultural activities. The direct support measures (Single Farm Payment and the Scottish Beef Calf Scheme, £455 million in 2013-14) support over 20,000 producers, providing stability for farmers and leading to a sustainable agricultural sector. Funding is solely from the EU European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF).
  • The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) funding running over the period 2007-13 comprises National funds, National Modulation, Compulsory Modulation and funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The total EU funding for the Programme period is €679 million. The National funds component includes funding from the Forestry Commission Scotland (Woodland Grants) and the Environmental and Rural Services budget (Scottish Natural Heritage). The rate and level of draw down of EAFRD depends on the amount of National funds, the co-financing rate and the exchange rate. The 2013-14 budget will cover the final year of the 2007-13 programme.
  • Through the Payments and Inspections Administration Costs, we deliver regulatory functions in relation to national and international legislation. This includes carrying out inspections to enforce marketing standards for our eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables. We also provide expert scientific and technical advice and information services on agricultural crops and aspects of the environment.
  • The CAP Compliance Improvements budget funds projects to prepare for the new Common Agricultural Policy and to enable improved compliance with EU regulations relating to support and development measures e.g. by upgrading our mapping systems to meet new regulations.

Research Analysis and Other Services

Table 7.04: More detailed categories of spending (Level 3)

2012-13
Budget

£m
2013-14
Draft
Budget
£m
2014-15
Plans

£m
Programmes of Research 58.7 56.7 55.7
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 11.1 11.1 11.1
Contract Research Fund 5.9 5.0 5.0
Economic and Other Surveys 1.4 1.4 1.4
Total 77.1 74.2 73.2
of which:
DEL Resource 75.1 72.2 71.2
DEL Capital 2.0 2.0 2.0
AME - - -

What the budget does

The Research Analysis and Other Services Level 2 budget funds short- and long-term scientific research to support the work of government and its advisory bodies in policy development and implementation and helps maintain Scottish-based scientific capability of international standard at our Main Research Providers (MRPs)[1] adapting and evolving the infrastructure and skills base to meet current priorities and future challenges.

The budget supports the prevention of problems and helps ensure that future threats to the economy, environment and society and associated costs are minimised through funding research on key challenges such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, animal and plant disease, food security and resource shortages and pressures.

In addition, the budget supports the work of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and enables Scottish Government to build links and partnerships with other funders and providers of research - including the UK Research Councils and the University sector - to maximise the value of our research investment and ensure Scotland is well positioned to harness emerging science-based market opportunities.

In 2013-14 we will:

  • continue to fund the current five-year programmes of strategic research focused on 'Environmental Change' and 'Food, Land and People', being delivered by our MRPs;
  • fund policy facing Centres of Expertise in Climate Change, Water and Animal Disease and use performance data and feedback from Year One, to further improve their support for policy and effective delivery of outcomes;
  • target development of the Food and Drink and Animal Health sectors by supporting Strategic Partnerships with the university sector and industry. We will also seek to identify other areas of economic opportunity where relationships between research and industry can be strengthened; and
  • continue to support the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's work including on conservation of species and biodiversity.

Marine and Fisheries

Table 7.05: More detailed categories of spending (Level 3)

2012-13
Budget

£m
2013-14
Draft
Budget
£m
2014-15
Plans

£m
Marine Scotland 54.3 49.0 48.0
EU Fisheries Grants 10.0 10.0 18.5
Fisheries Harbour Grants 0.4 0.4 0.4
EU Income (5.5) (5.5) (9.7)
Total 59.2 53.9 57.2
of which:
DEL Resource 55.6 50.1 49.1
DEL Capital 3.6 3.8 8.1
AME - - -

What the budget does

The Marine and Fisheries budget supports the sustainable use of Scotland's coasts and seas and freshwater fish populations. These natural resources are vitally important to sustainable economic growth and especially so in coastal and remote rural areas.

Marine Scotland is the key body with the job of managing the sea and the activities which impact on it. It has responsibility for monitoring all marine and fisheries related activity in Scotland's seas, coasts and ports and does this through a network of local officers, surveillance vessels and aircraft. There is a constant need to ensure that national and international regulations in place to protect the health of fish stocks and the marine environment are complied with.

The need for marine expertise and capability is growing with the new commitments on renewable energy and increased international requirements. We have redirected resources and capacity to offshore energy, creating new licensing and planning teams with scientific support, but we recognise that these areas continue to develop and we will strengthen these areas further in the years ahead, while also continuing to support well-established marine activities such as fisheries and aquaculture.

In 2013-14 we will:

  • publish the National Marine Plan for Scotland to ensure balanced use of the seas within a wider ecosystems approach;
  • promote a marine planning approach to sustainable marine renewable developments;
  • through Common Fisheries Policy reform, continue to work towards radical reform of EU fisheries policy and discard-free fisheries;
  • deliver on the new inshore fisheries strategy announced in January 2012;
  • continue to develop with industry innovative and effective approaches to sustainable fisheries management and continue efforts to secure Marine Stewardship Council sustainability for Scottish fish stocks;
  • support industry to increase the value of Scottish seafood and maximise marketing opportunities through the work of the Scottish Seafood Partnership focusing on the supply chain from net to plate;
  • continue to support the sustainable development of the Scottish fisheries, aquaculture and fish processing industries through grants awarded through the European Fisheries Fund;
  • improve the management and regulatory frameworks within which the aquaculture industry and recreational fisheries operate through the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill due to be introduced in the Autumn; and
  • sustain our science base to provide robust evidence in support of policy developments and delivery.

Environmental and Rural Services

Table 7.06: More detailed categories of spending (Level 3)

2012-13
Budget

£m
2013-14
Draft
Budget
£m
2014-15
Plans

£m
Scottish Natural Heritage 57.8 55.3 53.1
National Park Authorities 13.1 12.9 12.9
Natural Resources 0.3 0.3 0.3
Scottish Environment Protection Agency 38.0 37.5 37.5
Zero Waste 26.4 26.4 26.4
Natural Assets and Flooding 5.2 5.3 5.7
Next Generation Digital Fund 8.0 26.0 27.8
Crofting Commission 4.0 1.0 2.5
Rural Cohesion 3.4 3.6 3.8
Agricultural and Horticultural Advice and Support 4.1 4.0 4.1
Veterinary Surveillance 5.2 5.2 5.2
Animal Health 20.0 18.9 18.2
Food Industry Support 4.5 4.5 5.0
Private Water 2.8 2.8 2.8
Drinking Water Quality Regulator 0.4 0.6 0.6
Total 193.2 204.3 205.9
of which:
DEL Resource 184.8 186.4 189.1
DEL Capital 8.4 17.9 16.8
AME - - -

What the budget does

The Environmental and Rural Services Level 2 budget primarily supports the commitment, set out in the National Outcomes, to 'value and enjoy our built and natural environment and protect it and enhance it for future generations'. It also directly supports sustainable rural development, the food and drink industry and the empowerment of rural communities.

In 2013-14 we will:

  • support Scottish Natural Heritage to provide advice on Scotland's natural environment and wildlife, to deliver Scotland's biodiversity targets and help meet our European and international obligations, and to help to ensure that new developments take proportionate account of our valuable natural heritage;
  • invest in our National Park Authorities as models of sustainable rural development, working in partnership to promote and enhance visitor experience, generate growth, enhance landscapes and biodiversity, support thriving communities and get the best from our land;
  • continue to implement the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 to help address issues such as invasive non-native species, in order to maximise environmental and economic benefits while minimising irresponsible or damaging practice;
  • work with partners to implement the Land Use Strategy in order to achieve a more integrated approach to land use and maintain the future capacity of Scotland's land;
  • enable the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to carry out its regulatory functions and to continue to safeguard Scotland's environment and human health. SEPA's spending is largely determined by the need to implement and enforce regulatory regimes required by national and EU legislation. SEPA will continue to monitor the quality of Scotland's environment and to implement the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 and support the implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009. We will work with SEPA on our programme of better environment regulation. In 2012-13 this will include the introduction of the Better Regulation Bill which will support SEPA's transformation programme and improve the way environmental regulations are applied across Scotland. This will benefit our environment and economy;
  • support, through the Zero Waste budget, a range of programmes, including implementing the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012; developing markets for recyclate use; waste prevention and minimisation; reuse and recycling awareness; support for community recycling groups; and support for local authorities to achieve waste targets in 2013 and beyond. In addition, the budget funds work to tackle litter and flytipping;
  • support our actions to protect the land, air and water environment, and to protect communities from pollution, flooding, noise and nuisance through the Sustainable Action Fund (within the Climate Change Level 2 budget) and the Natural Assets and Flooding budgets. The funding provided for Natural Assets and Flooding supports initiatives on flood risk management and research to assist policy development in these areas. Resources are also provided for air quality support measures, which are designed to improve air quality in hot spots. In addition, funding for noise supports the costs of ongoing mapping and action planning required under the EU Environmental Noise Directive;
  • accelerate the roll out of Next Generation Broadband across remote and rural Scotland through the Step Change 2015 programme. The programme will be structured in a way that facilitates the achievement of local needs and priorities as well as national targets. Responsibility for the fund rests with the Infrastructure, Investment and Cities portfolio and further details are available in that chapter. As much of the investment will be targeted in rural areas, the spending plans for the Next Generation Digital Fund are shown in this portfolio chapter;
  • ensure that farm and other land management businesses have access to expert advice and support on a wide range of issues. In 2013-14 we will ensure these services are focused on the key priorities of climate change, sustainability, and overall business performance;
  • deliver continuing improvements in the health and welfare of Scotland's livestock, working with industry partners on an animal health strategy that fits the distinctive circumstances of our livestock sector, including an industry-led programme to control bovine viral diarrhoea. The animal health budget now includes budgets devolved from Westminster that cover the activities of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency as well as our contribution to the British Cattle Movement Database. In 2013-14 our veterinary surveillance arrangements may change as a result of the Kinnaird review, requiring some funding from the budget to support the transition;
  • continue to invest in Scotland's food and drink industry, more than doubling the programme budget over the spending review period, supporting effective and efficient supply chains and collaborative ventures and working with stakeholders to ensure that sales of Scotland's food and drink continue to grow;
  • continue our investment in rural cohesion, including the new Scottish Land Fund to support community land purchase and appointing the Land Reform Review Group;
  • ensure that the Private Water budget supports actions to sustain and improve the health of the people of Scotland through good safe drinking water. Provision is made to protect the quality of private drinking water supplies through the preparation of information and advice aimed at improving public understanding of how to protect and maintain such supplies. This is supported by the Private Water Supply Grant Scheme, which provides financial assistance to users of private water supplies towards the upgrade of these supplies; and
  • support the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQR) in carrying out its duties under the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002.

Climate Change

Table 7.07: More detailed categories of spending (Level 3)

2012-13
Budget

£m
2013-14
Draft
Budget
£m
2014-15
Plans

£m
Climate Change Policy Development and Implementation 1.2 1.2 1.1
Sustainable Action Fund 15.3 15.3 15.3
Land Managers' Renewables Fund 3.0 3.0 3.0
Total 19.5 19.5 19.4
of which:
DEL Resource 19.5 19.5 19.4
DEL Capital - - -
AME - - -

What the budget does

The Climate Change budget supports the development and implementation of the government's climate change policy and provides resources for both the Sustainable Action Fund and the Land Managers' Renewables Fund.

In 2013-14 we will:

  • continue to lead work to support the delivery and achievement of the Scottish climate change targets, and other work to support implementing the requirements of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2010;
  • continue the work of the Sustainable Action Fund (SAF), which includes the flagship Climate Challenge Fund, and work to influence low carbon behaviours across Scotland; and
  • continue to offer and increase the funding for the CARES loans for rural businesses established in 2011-12 to address the costs associated with the pre-planning stage of renewable energy projects for farmers and land managers.

Forestry Commission

Table 7.08: More detailed categories of spending (Level 3)

2012-13
Budget

£m
2013-14
Draft
Budget
£m
2014-15
Plans

£m
Woodland Grants 36.0 36.0 36.0
Policy, Regulation and Administration 5.1 5.1 5.1
Programme Costs 21.0 19.9 20.0
Depreciation 0.1 0.1 0.1
EU Income (19.8) (19.8) (19.8)
Total 42.4 41.3 41.4
of which:
DEL Resource 42.4 41.3 41.4
DEL Capital - - -
AME - - -

What the budget does

Forestry Commission Scotland works to increase the contribution of Scotland's forests to health and wellbeing, the Scottish economy and environmental sustainability. It does this by regulating and supporting the private forestry sector, sustainable management of the Scottish Ministers' national forest estate, promoting the expansion and sustainable management of Scotland's woodlands, increasing the contribution of woodlands to the quality of our towns and cities through the Woodlands In And Around Towns initiative, and supporting projects which reduce the impact of timber transport operations. Climate change will continue to be an area of major importance for forestry, with the aim of increasing woodland planting to 10,000 hectares per year. Along with Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland is a lead partner for the Central Scotland Green Network.

In 2013-14, we will:

  • continue support for woodland expansion, implementing agreed recommendations from the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group;
  • promote predictable and stable timber supplies to help the Scottish economy, working with industry stakeholders to assess the implications of the latest forecast of softwood availability;
  • invest in research on timber product development and use of timber in construction;
  • use woodland access to help improve physical and mental health in Scotland;
  • champion the Central Scotland Green Network and catalyse action on the ground;
  • stimulate management of native and ancient woods using information from the Native Woodland Survey of Scotland;
  • work with other government Directorates to further promote the development of biomass for heat;
  • provide information to help forest managers consider how best to adapt to climate change when planning future management of forests;
  • enhance pest/pathogen vigilance and rapid response capacity; and
  • promote landscape-scale restoration exemplar projects to contribute to the National Ecological Network.

Forest Enterprise

Table 7.09: More detailed categories of spending (Level 3)

2012-13
Budget

£m
2013-14
Draft
Budget
£m
2014-15
Plans

£m
Operating Costs 21.1 21.1 20.1
Land Purchases and Woodland Creation 10.0 10.0 10.0
Capital Expenditure 2.0 1.4 1.6
Land Sales (10.0) (10.0) (10.0)
Total 23.1 22.5 21.7
of which:
DEL Resource 21.1 21.1 20.1
DEL Capital 2.0 1.4 1.6
AME - - -

What the budget does

The Forest Enterprise Scotland budget supports the sustainable management of the national forest estate, maintains effective planning and consultation systems, maximises the value to the Scottish economy of the estate's timber resource, other forest products and estate assets, uses the estate to conserve and enhance biological diversity, cultural heritage and, landscape quality, and increases the opportunities for all to visit, enjoy and learn from the estate.

In 2013-14, we will:

  • advance the next phase of renewables developments on the national forest estate in support of the Scottish Government's renewable energy targets;
  • sustain at least three million cubic metres of timber production on the national forest estate through the economic downturn;
  • continue to deliver an integrated skills programme for the jobless;
  • create over 1,000 hectares of new woodlands each year on the national forest estate;
  • offer opportunities to new entrants into farming, through the creation of starter farm units; and
  • invest in the upgrading of visitor facilities critical to the rural tourism economy.