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Scottish Budget: 2023-24

The Scottish Budget sets out the Scottish Government’s proposed spending and tax plans for 2023 to 2024, as presented to the Scottish Parliament.

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Chapter 11 Constitution, External Affairs & Culture

Portfolio Responsibilities

The Constitution, External Affairs & Culture (CEAC) portfolio engages at home and internationally to enhance Scotland's reputation, increase economic success, prosperity and wellbeing, and promote Scotland as a great place to live, visit, work, study and do business.

We remain committed to being a good global citizen and to playing our part in tackling global challenges, including climate change, poverty, injustice and inequality. Through our international work we support the National Strategy for Economic Transformation and the transition to Net Zero. We want to ensure Scotland is an open and welcoming nation for people and their families to live and work in, and to make a positive contribution to our country. Across our international and European relationships we will continue our commitment to internationalisation, supported by the work of our external network of offices. We will build our relationships, celebrate cultural, educational and ancestral connections, and exchange policy ideas to address shared challenges, ensuring Scotland remains a valued and well-connected nation. We will continue to demonstrate our commitment to EU values, and our alignment with EU policy priorities.

Our investment in culture and heritage supports our inspiring creativity, our unique historic environment, and our world-class collections, ensuring these are cared for and enjoyed by new and diverse audiences as well as future generations right across Scotland. Scotland's creativity contributes to the economy and is increasingly recognised as essential to our health and wellbeing. We will continue to promote access to our historic environment, and high-quality places and buildings to support communities contributing principally to the culture, and also Net Zero, national outcomes. In August 2023 we will see the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships, the largest-ever cycling event, take place. This is an example of our Major Events budget supporting an inspiring programme of events that creates jobs and boosts the economy whilst delivering benefits to communities across the country, promoting Scotland across the world, and can help to accelerate wider policy ambitions across portfolios. The portfolio also supports National Records of Scotland, and a range of Royal and Ceremonial matters within Scotland.

Spending Plans

Table 11.01: Spending Plans (Level 2)
Level 2 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Culture and Major Events 176.3 207.4 206.1
External Affairs 30.9 33.4 35.1
Historic Environment Scotland 55.9 70.1 72.7
National Records of Scotland 63.3 59.6 33.0
COVID-19 Funding 23.1
Total Constitution External Affairs and Culture 349.5 370.5 347.0
of which:
Total Fiscal Resource 316.2 323.9 303.8
of which Operating Costs 20.8 22.4 22.3
Non-cash 16.1 16.1 17.1
Capital 17.2 30.5 26.1
Financial Transactions (FTs)
UK Funded AME
Presentational Adjustments for Scottish Parliament Approval
National Galleries of Scotland (NDPB non-cash) (2.5) (2.5) (2.5)
National Library of Scotland (NDPB non-cash) (3.2) (3.2) (4.1)
National Museums of Scotland (NDPB non-cash) (3.7) (3.7) (3.6)
Historic Environment Scotland (NDPB non-cash) (3.0) (3.0) (4.0)
Creative Scotland (NDPB non-cash) (0.2) (0.2) (0.2)
National Records of Scotland – shown separately (63.3) (59.6) (33.0)
Total CEAC 273.7 298.4 299.6
Total Limit on Income (accruing resources) 200.00
Table 11.02: Culture & Major Events Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Creative Scotland & Other Arts 63.2 69.3 64.2
Cultural Collections 75.7 90.0 87.9
Major Events & Themed Years 8.3 18.2 24.2
Culture & Major Events Staffing 4.5 5.1 5.0
National Performing Companies 22.9 22.9 22.9
Architecture & Place 1.5 1.5 1.5
Royal & Ceremonial 0.4 0.4 0.4
Total Culture & Major Events Scotland 176.3 207.4 206.1
of which:
Total Fiscal Resource 158.6 176.9 182.6
Non-cash 9.5 9.5 10.4
Capital 8.2 21.0 13.1
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 11.03: External Affairs Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
International and European Relations 30.8 33.3 35.0
British Irish Council 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total External Affairs 30.9 33.4 35.1
of which:
Total Fiscal Resource 30.9 33.4 35.1
Non-cash
Capital
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 11.04: Historic Environment Scotland Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Operational Costs 91.3 96.9 114.5
Capital Expenditure 6.0 6.5 9.0
Less Income (41.4) (33.3) (50.8)
Total Historic Environment Scotland 55.9 70.1 72.7
of which:
Total Fiscal Resource 46.9 60.6 59.7
Non-cash 3.0 3.0 4.0
Capital 6.0 6.5 9.0
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 11.05: National Records of Scotland Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Operational Costs 66.1 62.4 34.8
Capital Expenditure 3.0 3.0 4.0
Less Income (5.8) (5.8) (5.8)
Total National Records of Scotland 63.3 59.6 33.0
of which:
Total Fiscal Resource 56.7 53.0 26.3
Non-cash 3.6 3.6 2.7
Capital 3.0 3.0 4.0
FTs
UK Funded AME

Constitution, External Affairs and Culture intended contributions to the National Outcomes

Primary National Outcomes

  • Communities
  • Culture
  • International

Secondary National Outcomes

  • Economy
  • Poverty
  • Children and Young People
  • Education
  • Fair Work and Business
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Human Rights

For further information on the purpose of the portfolio budget, and contributions to national outcomes (including impacts of spend on equality of outcome) please refer to the relevant portfolio annex in the published Equality and Fairer Scotland Budget Statement.

Contact

Email: ScottishBudget@gov.scot

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