Date lodged: 19 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what additional resource it will commit to SPICe in each year during the current parliamentary session to take account of the impact of new welfare powers that are due to be devolved.
Answered by: Andy Wightman 14 November 2016
The SPCB budget is determined on an annual basis and is subject to parliamentary scrutiny and approval, so it’s not possible to state the annual resourcing for each year during the current parliamentary session.
The SPCB’s budget bid for 2016/17 reflects additional resources for a number of offices, including SPICe, in recognition of the resource implications of the devolution of further powers, including new welfare powers, to the Scottish Parliament under the Scotland Acts 2012 and 2016.
Specific staffing issues are the responsibility of the Scottish Parliamentary Service, under the direction of the Clerk/Chief Executive.
Additional resources in SPICe are:
A new permanent full time post for a researcher with expertise in social welfare – the new post-holder was appointed on 26 September 2016.
Approval to make permanent an existing temporary senior researcher full time post in the Financial Scrutiny Unit
An additional (0.5 FTE) Enquires Officer post in SPICe to help meet the expected increase in enquiries flowing from the new powers.
Allocation of a budget to develop a comprehensive Academic Engagement Strategy aimed at developing innovative ways of accessing the expertise in our higher education institutions to support the Parliament’s ability to hold the Scottish Government to account.