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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 8 Justice & Veterans

Portfolio Responsibilities

The purpose of the Justice portfolio is to keep our communities safe, and to support the administration of justice. As set out in our Vision for Justice, by enabling our communities to be safe and resilient, reducing crime and offending, by supporting victims and witnesses, and working to shift societal attitudes and circumstances which perpetuate crime and harm, we aim to improve the wellbeing and life chances of all who engage with the justice system. Through this the portfolio plays its part in tackling inequalities, protecting and promoting human rights and contributing to a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous economy.

The Justice portfolio has responsibility for the civil, criminal and administrative justice systems. This includes Scotland's prisons, courts, tribunals, the legal aid system and criminal justice social work services as well as the contribution of third sector services. The work of the portfolio is underpinned by the principle that everyone should have the right to access justice. The portfolio also works to ensure person-centred and trauma-informed services for the victims or crime, to reduce victimisation, and to tackle and prevent violence against women and girls.

It supports the police and fire and rescue services to not only fulfil their crucial role as responders to emergencies but also to have an integral role in supporting and strengthening Scotland's communities.

The portfolio supports work to build safe, secure and more resilient communities and works to enhance Scotland's resilience and preparedness against a range of hazards and threats, including cyber-attacks and serious and organised crime.

The Justice portfolio provides a range of vital public services in which powers are largely devolved to the Scottish Parliament. It also works closely with the UK Government and its agencies to ensure that powers reserved to the UK Government, such as firearms regulation, counter terrorism and defence, properly serve and protect Scotland and its communities. The portfolio leads on support for our country's veterans so that Scotland is a positive destination following military service.

The portfolio budget lines also include funding for the collaborative Justice COVID-19 Recover, Renew and Transform programme.

Justice and Veterans

Table 8.01: Spending Plans (Level 2)
Level 2 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Community Justice 47.4 48.4 49.6
Judiciary 37.3 38.8 40.8
Criminal Injuries Compensation 15.6 15.6 15.6
Legal Aid 138.0 151.9 156.1
Police Central Government 36.4 78.3 73.8
Safer and Stronger Communities 12.6 14.4 15.2
Police and Fire Pensions 350.6 350.6 400.6
Scottish Prison Service 460.2 476.4 540.8
Miscellaneous 55.0 116.7 112.5
Scottish Police Authority 1,327.8 1,368.3 1,449.3
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service 343.2 352.7 363.7
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service 129.7 134.0 147.6
COVID-19 Funding 75.0
Total Justice & Veterans 3,029.0 3,146.1 3,365.7
of which:
Total Fiscal Resource 2,724.9 2,841.0 3,006.3
of which Operating Costs 28.0 32.1 34.3
Non-cash 137.5 139.0 156.0
Capital 166.5 166.0 203.4
Financial Transactions (FTs)
UK Funded AME
Presentational Adjustments for Scottish Parliament Approval
Legal Aid (NDPB Non-cash) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6)
SPA (NDPB Non-Cash) (50.0) (50.0) (51.0)
SFRS (NDPB Non-cash) (26.0) (26.0) (27.0)
PIRC (NDPB Non-cash) (0.2)
Police Loan Charges 3.8 5.1 3.7
Judicial Salaries (35.3) (36.3) (36.3)
PPP/PFI adjustments 1.2 1.6 1.2
SCTS - shown separately (129.7) (134.0) (147.6)
Central Government Grants to Local Authorities 86.5 86.5 86.5
Total Justice 2,878.9 2,992.3 3,194.6
Total Limit on Income (accruing resources) 39.7
Table 8.02: Community Justice Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Offender Services 44.2 45.1 46.4
Miscellaneous 3.2 3.2 3.2
Total Community Justice 47.4 48.4 49.6
of which:
Fiscal Resource 47.4 48.3 49.6
Non-cash 0.1
Capital
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 8.03: Judiciary Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Judiciary 2.0 2.5 4.5
Judicial Salaries 35.3 36.3 36.3
Total Judiciary 37.3 38.8 40.8
of which:
Fiscal Resource 37.3 38.8 40.8
Non-cash
Capital
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 8.04: Criminal Injuries Compensation Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
CIC Scheme 13.8 13.8 13.8
Criminal Injuries Administration Costs 1.8 1.8 1.8
Total Criminal Injuries Compensation 15.6 15.6 15.6
of which:
Fiscal Resource 15.6 15.6 15.6
Non-cash
Capital
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 8.05: Legal Aid Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Legal Aid Administration 12.2 13.6 14.8
Legal Aid Fund 125.8 138.3 141.3
Total Legal Aid 138.0 151.9 156.1
of which:
Fiscal Resource 137.3 151.2 155.4
Non-cash 0.6 0.6 0.6
Capital 0.1 0.1 0.1
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 8.06: Police Central Government Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
National Police Funding & Reform 36.0 77.9 72.4
Police Support Services 0.4 0.4 1.4
Total Police Central Government* 36.4 78.3 73.8
of which:
Fiscal Resource 33.9 73.3 61.3
Non-cash 2.5 2.5 2.5
Capital 2.5 10.0
FTs
UK Funded AME

*Prior years restated to reflect baseline transfer to Scottish Police Authority in 2023-24.

Table 8.07: Safer and Stronger Communities Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Safer Communities 12.6 14.4 15.2
Total Safer and Stronger Communities 12.6 14.4 15.2
of which:
Fiscal Resource 12.6 14.2 15.2
Non-cash 0.2
Capital
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 8.08: Police and Fire Pensions Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Police Pensions 278.4 278.4 291.4
Fire Pensions 72.2 72.2 109.2
Total Police and Fire Pensions 350.6 350.6 400.6
of which:
Fiscal Resource 350.6 350.6 400.6
Non-cash
Capital
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 8.09: Scottish Prison Service Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Scottish Prison Service 460.2 476.4 540.8
Total Scottish Prison Service 460.2 476.4 540.8
of which:
Fiscal Resource 354.6 369.6 398.6
Non-cash 32.8 34.0 45.2
Capital 72.8 72.8 97.0
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 8.10: Miscellaneous Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Safe and Secure Scotland 8.4 11.2 11.5
Victim/Witness Support 18.2 20.2 22.7
Other Miscellaneous 28.5 85.4 78.3
Total Miscellaneous 55.0 116.7 112.5
of which:
Fiscal Resource 52.0 116.6 111.4
Non-cash 0.1 0.1
Capital 3.0 1.0
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 8.11: Scottish Police Authority Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Scottish Police Authority 1,327.8 1,368.3 1,449.3
Total Scottish Police Authority* 1,327.8 1,368.3 1,449.3
of which:
Fiscal Resource 1,227.7 1,268.2 1,348.2
Non-cash 50.0 50.0 51.0
Capital 50.1 50.1 50.1
FTs
UK Funded AME

*Prior years restated to reflect baseline transfer from Police Central Government in 2023-24.

Table 8.12: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Operating Expenditure 343.2 352.7 363.7
Total Scottish Fire and Rescue Service 343.2 352.7 363.7
of which:
Fiscal Resource 284.7 294.2 304.2
Non-cash 26.0 26.0 27.0
Capital 32.5 32.5 32.5
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 8.13: Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service 129.7 134.0 147.6
Total Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service 129.7 134.0 147.6
of which:
Fiscal Resource 96.1 100.4 105.4
Non-cash 25.6 25.6 29.6
Capital 8.0 8.0 12.7
FTs
UK Funded AME
Table 8.14: Central Government Grants to Local Authorities Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2021-22 Budget 2022-23 Budget 2023-24 Budget
£m £m £m
Criminal Justice Social Work 86.5 86.5 86.5
Total Justice Central Government Grants to Local Authorities 86.5 86.5 86.5
of which:
Fiscal Resource 86.5 86.5 86.5
Non-cash
Capital
FTs
UK Funded AME

Justice intended contributions to the National Outcomes

Primary National Outcomes

  • Communities
  • Human Rights

Secondary National Outcomes

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

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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