Preparatory Costs for Respiratory Care Action Plan: FOI release

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

Information requested

How much the Scottish Government spent on drafting, designing and publishing the Respiratory Care Action Plan. This should include all spend from initial stages to date of publication, including any costs such as external agency and design costs.


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The Scottish Government provided funding to NHS Tayside for the services of Professor Tom Fardon to work 2 days per week through a Service Level Agreement (SLA). Professor Fardon was employed as Clinical Lead for the development of the Respiratory Care Action Plan (RCAP) in 2018. The SLA total for the plan’s development = £27,030.96. The drafting and design of the plan was in partnership between Professor Tom Fardon and civil servants, with the analysis of the consultation responses provided by civil servants. No external agencies were employed to provide consultation analysis.

The publication of the plan on our website was provided by the Scottish Government contractor, APS Group. The cost for publishing at each stage was as follows:

  • Publication of draft plan for consultation = £922.84
  • Publication of the consultation analysis report = £608.19
  • Publication of final Respiratory Care Action Plan = £530
  • The total costs are: £2,061.03

The Scottish Government is unable to quantify the cost of time spent by civil servants on supporting Professor Fardon on the drafting and development of the RCAP or the analysis of the consultation. This is because the time spent by civil servants on this work formed part of their overall day to day duties. Civil servants work on more than one policy area, there are four civil servants whose duties include working on respiratory policy development and they work at the following grades: B1; B2; B3 and C1. Salary scales for these roles can be found at the following link: Our Reward Benefits - Work For Scotland (

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