Annex F: Scottish Government Operating Costs
The total operating costs for the Scottish Government are aligned with the portfolio budget that they support. The total operating costs for a portfolio are all the core Scottish Government staff and associated operating costs incurred by the portfolio, plus a share of the costs, such as accommodation, IT, legal services and HR, which cannot be readily attributed to a portfolio. The budget for corporate capital projects is allocated to the Finance, Economy and Fair Work portfolio as it was in 2019-20.
Portfolio total operating costs are summarised in Table F.01.
Table F.01: Total Operating Costs by Portfolio
|Health and Sport||53.9||64.7|
|Communities and Local Government||35.8||40.2|
|Finance, Economy and Fair Work||98.1||100.9|
|Education and Skills||37.3||41.4|
|Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity||10.6||10.3|
|Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform||63.3||70.1|
|Culture, Tourism and External Affairs||14.3||16.4|
|Social Security and Older People||68.1||61.4|
|Government Business and Constitutional Relations||9.9||11.1|
Overall, the total operating costs of the Scottish Government represents 1.1 per cent of the overall Scottish Budget (as measured by Total Managed Expenditure) of £49.288 billion.
Through the operating costs budget, we will ensure that the organisation has the capacity and capability to support the functions of government and the delivery of the priority outcomes and objectives set by Ministers and the people of Scotland.
In 2020-21 the operating costs budget will support the provision of staff to deliver the key priorities set out in portfolio chapters.
It will also:
- secure maximum value for public money and invest further in the effectiveness of our people, systems and workplaces, building on significant efficiencies already achieved in procurement, estates, facilities and other operational costs; and
- ensure a high-performing, efficient and engaged workforce which exemplifies our commitment to fair work, diversity, flexible working and partnership with the recognised trade unions.
The change in presentation approach introduced and described in Scottish Budget 2019-20 impacts on the presentation of the tables within the portfolio chapters, and there is a break in the time series between 2018-19 and 2019-20. The 2019-20 and 2020-21 budget figures include all operating costs. For 2018-19 the budget figures have not been adjusted and correspond to the budget figures set out in Draft Budget 2018-19. This reflects the fact that in 2018-19 staffing costs were met from both individual portfolio budgets and the Administration budget.
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