Government expenditure: 2015-2016

Summary of annual Scottish Government spending in financial year 2015 to 2016 with headline figures for specific areas.

Public Relations

Public Relations expenditure supports the Scottish Government’s engagement with the public and includes:

  • staffing costs for news, marketing, digital and corporate communications teams in the Scottish Government’s Communications function.
  • social marketing and associated activity (including PR, research, evaluation, branding and design), which encourages people to take steps that will improve their lives.
  • the provision of information about changes that people need to be aware of to support public debate about major policy proposals.
  • digital communications, including the Scottish Government’s website.
  • corporate communications which support organisational and staff development to enhance the Scottish Government’s service to the public.
Financial Year Expenditure
2015-16 £19,390,470
2014-15 £18,845,848

Note: This  includes money spent directly by policy teams on PR and marketing activity totalling £ 2,664,561.  2015-16 expenditure also supported communications around a number of major events including World War One commemorations and the Winter Festivals.

Detailed information on marketing activity and expenditure is published annually on this site.

Overseas Travel

The total represents expenditure incurred on overseas travel by staff and ministers on official business in the core SG, covering travel to and from the United Kingdom, the cost of hotels, travel and subsistence and any other related expenditure.

Financial Year Expenditure
2015-16 £1,012,923.72
2014-15 £1,025,705.68

Hospitality and entertainment

The total represents expenditure on hospitality and entertainment incurred by the core SG as recorded in the accounting system in accordance with internal procedures.

Financial Year Expenditure
2015-16 £617,446.82
2014-15 £806,366.88

External Consultancy

The total represents expenditure on consultancy incurred by the core SG as recorded in the accounting system in accordance with internal procedures.

Financial Year Expenditure
2015-16 £3,560,952.10
2014-15 £4,650,293.41

Payments with a value over £25,000

The core Scottish Government proactively publishes a monthly report of payments with a value over £25,000.

A composite report for the core SG, covering financial year 2015-16, is available for download below. 


Members and Employees

Only one employee received remuneration in excess of £150,000 in the core Scottish Government in financial year 2015-16. (2014-15: one).

Details of the salary and pension entitlements of members of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Board were published on 30 September 2016 as part of the Remuneration Report in the Scottish Government’s Consolidated Annual Accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2016.

Special Advisers

The total remuneration (salary, pension contributions and employers ERNIC) paid to special advisers employed during financial year 2015-16 was £1,140,104 (2014-15 - £952,865).


£25K reporting: 2015-2016 - all payments


Central Enquiry Unit 
Phone: 0300 244 4000 
The Scottish Government 
St Andrew's House 
Regent Road 

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