Staff deployed by the Scottish Government to assist the National Care Service: FOI release

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

Information requested

  • How many staff were deployed (state full time equivalents) by the Scottish Government to assist in the preparation for the National Care Service
  1. On the 1st February 2023.
  2. On the 1st February 2022.
  • Secondly how much did the salary costs of staff working on the National Care Service amount to:
  1. On 1st February 2022.
  2. On 1st February 2023.


  • What is the current monthly expenditure of the Scottish Government on preparations for the National Care Service for Scotland?
  • What is the best current estimate of the total cost of introducing a National Care Service in Scotland, in terms of staff costs in the Scottish Government.


  • Below is a table answering the first part of your request

National Care Service Headcount - Full Time Equivalent (FTE)

1st February 2022 44
1st February 2023 171
  • February 2023 Costs of staff were not accessible at the time of the request, however we expect them to be similar to January 2023, hence those figures below are used as part of the response.

National Care Service Headcount - salary costs of staff

1st February 2022 £211,173.58
31st January 2023 £1,034,436.00
  • The January 2023 figures do represent the current monthly expenditure on preparations for the National Care Service.
  • The response to this question is already accessible to the public and published as part of the Financial memorandum. You will find attached a PDF, which can also be found online: Introduced | Scottish Parliament Website

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