Scottish Government expenditure of funds on Brexit preparations: FOI release

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

Information requested

You asked for the breakdown of expenditure of funds allocated to Scotland in 2018/19 and 2019/20 to spend on Brexit preparations. This should include amounts spent and where it has been spent.


I enclose a copy of most of the information you requested. 

1. 2018-19

In 2018-19, the Scottish Government received £37.3 million in consequentials - £35.7 million resource, £1.6 million capital. From this £37 million, £27 million (26.6 million resource and £0.5m capital) was allocated to specific Brexit related activity in the Scottish Government and its agencies, the breakdown by Portfolio is as follows:

Portfolio Amount (£m)
Health and Sport   2.1
Finance, Economy & Fair Work   3.6
Education and Skills 0.4
Justice   0.7
Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform   4
Rural Economy  9.2
Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity 0.9
Administration  4.8
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal   0.2
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service   0.1
Food Standards Scotland   0.9
Forestry Commission (Scotland)   0.1
Total 27

The remaining £10 million being spent by portfolios as part of the 2018-19 Scottish Budget.

2. 2019-20

In 2019-20, the Scottish Government will receive £54.7 million in consequentials - £48.8 million resource, £5.9 million capital.

The announcement at the 2018 UK Budget of £54.7 million in consequentials for 2019-20 allowed for the amount to be included within the 2019-20 Scottish Budget and is fully absorbed in supporting work already underway, including EU exit preparation.

All £54.7 million in EU Exit consequentials for 2019-20 have been allocated to portfolios, which are responsible for managing their preparations within their total budget.

For 2018-19 and 2019-20, the Scottish Government will receive £92 million from the UK Government as a consequence of EU Exit preparation funding.

Given the range and diversity of work ongoing across Government and its interaction with day-to-day responsibilities, it is simply not possible to provide a full breakdown of costs.

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