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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09050: Fulton MacGregor (Coatbridge and Chryston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 26 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much VAT (a) Police Scotland and (b) the Scottish Fire and Rescure Service have paid in total, and what information it has regarding how this compares with the amount paid by counterpart emergency services in the rest of the UK.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 12 May 2017

The amount of unrecovered VAT incurred by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) between April 2013 and March 2017 is of the order of £140m and is detailed in the following table.

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

TOTAL

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Scottish Police Authority

25.0

26.7

24.8

23.0*

99.5*

Scottish Fire & Rescue service

9.0

10.8

10.6

10.0*

40.4*

TOTAL

34.0

37.5

35.4

33.0*

139.9*

*: provisional figures.

The Scottish Government does not hold information on the amount of VAT incurred by counterpart emergency services in the rest of the UK. However, unlike in Scotland, territorial police and fire services in the rest of the UK can reclaim VAT.

We will continue to press UK Ministers over this disparity which could see a cost to the Scottish public purse of £280 million by the end of the current parliamentary session (2020-21).