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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11256: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what accountability the Glasgow Colleges Regional Board has to ministers; what role it plays in appointments to the board and the other senior executive positions at the college, and what its position is on the salaries paid to the board and the other senior executive positions.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 27 September 2017

The Chair of Glasgow Colleges Regional Board (GCRB) is appointed directly by Scottish Ministers; Ordinary members of the board are appointed by the Chair and the Regional Board with approval from Scottish Ministers. Ordinary members are appointed through an open recruitment process with regard to the Government’s College Sector Guidance on Board Appointments.

The level of the Chair's salary is determined by Scottish Ministers. GCRB has responsibility for the salaries of the executive team and responsibility for funding decisions over the college region. The Scottish Funding Council awarded GCRB fully-operational fundable body status from 1 April, 2017 and provides funding directly to GCRB for the management of funds within the region.

Glasgow Colleges Regional Board has reconsidered its decision and it will not implement the proposed salary changes. The Scottish Government has been in close dialogue with GCRB and the Scottish Funding Council on this matter. All publicly funded institutions should ensure that they operate with maximum efficiency and effectiveness recognising the expectations of the Scottish Government that those funded from the public purse should operate within the spirit of the principles of the Public Sector Pay Policy.