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Governmental day to day spending: FOI release

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


Information requested

Of the £59bn (previous FOI Request confirmed) spending by SNP Gov, Scottish local gov, Scottish other bodies (from £63bn raised)

£4bn left over......

Evidence: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gers_2021_table_38_total_expendi_2#incoming-1975409

How much of it was it in the mindset of The Scottish Government, 'day to day' spending, by catogory & value?

What in the mindset of The Scottish Government, is none 'day to day' spending by catogory & value?

In a nutshell - In the mindset of The Scottish Government, define 'day to day' & none 'day to day' by catogory & value.

Response

The answer to your question is:

The term “day to day” spending refers to current expenditure (as used in the GERS publication). Definitions of function of government categories and expenditure types are set out in Chapters 2 and 3 of the COFOG Manual of Sources and Methods Manual on sources and methods for the compilation of COFOG statistics — Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG) — 2019 edition - Products Manuals and Guidelines - Eurostat (europa.eu) , and Chapter 3 of the 2010 European System of Accounts (ESA 2010) Manual European system of accounts - ESA 2010 - Products Manuals and Guidelines - Eurostat (europa.eu).

Figures for the Scottish Government’s current and capital expenditure for 2020-21, disaggregated by function, can be found in the table below. This is consistent with Table 3.8 in the latest GERS publication.

Devolved spending 2020-21 (£ million)

  Current Capital Total
General public services      
- Public and common services 1,421 263 1,683
- International services 1 0 1
- Public sector debt interest 1,514 0 1,514
Defence 4 0 4
Public order and safety 2,841 179 3,020
Economic Affairs      
- Enterprise and economic development 811 566 1,376
- Science and technology 1 0 1
- Employment policies 0 0 0
- Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 758 90 848
- Transport 2,017 1,389 3,406
Environment protection 862 374 1,236
Housing and community amenities 363 1,896 2,259
Health 16,515 465 16,980
Recreation, culture and religion 972 141 1,113
Education and training 8,367 1,096 9,463
Social protection 8,783 106 8,889
EU Transactions 0 0 0
Accounting adjustment 6,317 543 6,860
Total 51,545 7,109 58,654

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