Education Scotland staff expenses 2015 to 2018: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/01065
Date received: 6 April 2018
Date responded: 30 April 2018

Information requested

Information relating to Education Scotland staff expenses between January 2015 until the present day. Please provide information by email in Excel format.

1. Please provide the expenses for staff members. Please provide a breakdown of what the expense was for, when it was requested and how much the request was for. Please provide a breakdown for each job title.


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600. The information is not currently held by Education Scotland in the format requested. Under section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12.

However, we have provided the breakdown by type of expenses and in the years requested. You must note two points about the table below; the first column is for a period of three months only and, the end of year figures in the final column may change as ongoing work to reconcile the figures is still to be completed.

Here is the information we currently hold:

January 2015 to March 2015 (3 months only) April 2015 to March 2016 April 2016 to March 2017 April 2017 to March 2018
Air Travel £54,648.72 £149,429.91 £98,080.79 £45,073.12
Rail Travel £81,534.87 £216,160.44 £112,082.74 £102,888.92
Hired Cars £58,670.22 £213,801.95 £132,000.07 £120,778.34
Taxi Travel £10,206.65 £35,670.04 £19,207.73 £11,371.96
Miscellaneous Travel £44,549.67 £73,741.78 £27,211.79 £28,654.64
Subsistence and Mileage £40,548.03 £285,363.88 £255,325.46 £210,191.51
Hotel Accommodation £185,498.09 £408,768.95 £407,077.20 £356,818.19
Petrol and Oil 0 £573.18 £798.92 £725
Vehicle repairs 0 £2,435.80 £1,383.81 £2,379.74
Totals £475,656.25 £1,385,945.93 £1,053,168.51 £878,881.42

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