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Scottish Budget Spending Review 2007

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CHAPTER 25: ADMINISTRATION

Table 25.01 Detailed Spending Plans 2008-11

2007-08
Budget
£m

2008-09
Draft Budget
£m

2009-10
Plans
£m

2010-11
Plans
£m

Scottish Government Staff

159.4

160.8

161.6

165.0

Accommodation

19.9

20.1

20.3

20.6

Other Office Overheads 1

30.4

32.0

34.4

35.5

Training

3.0

3.3

5.0

5.5

Office of the Queen's Printer for Scotland

-

0.1

0.1

0.1

Capital Charges

20.0

20.7

20.7

20.7

Capital ICT Projects

5.9

5.9

5.5

5.6

Other Capital Expenditure

2.8

2.8

2.8

2.8

Total

241.4

245.7

250.4

255.8

Notes:
1. Includes ICT projects and minor non-pay items, e.g. travel, transport, stationery, hospitality, etc.

What the budget does

The Administration budget is focused on ensuring that as an organisation the Scottish Government continues to be both efficient and effective. The budget covers the costs of running the core administration of the Scottish Government, which are mainly staffing and associated costs such as accommodation, information technology and training. The spending supports the delivery of the Government's contribution to all of the strategic objectives set out in this document for all the Ministerial portfolios.

Budget changes

Over the Spending Review period expenditure on the Scottish Government's core administration will increase by an amount just below inflation, giving a reduction in real terms. This reduction will be met from efficiency savings over the period from 2008-09 to 2010-11. The breakdown of spending plans for 2008-09 onwards is subject to change as we seek to reduce overhead costs in favour of minimising the reduction necessary in the number of staff available for deployment to support existing and new priority activities.