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S5W-15916: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Scottish Futures Trust's (SFT) annual assessment of savings and benefits, how the effectiveness factor of 30% for asset management is estimated; whether property disposals will be 30% larger than they otherwise would have been because of SFT activities, and how the assumed benefit of 21% for schools construction is calculated, including details of any counterfactual baseline that was used.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 2 May 2018

The effectiveness factor of 30% for asset management was based on the SFT Benefits Methodology 2016 - 17 and which is available from SFT's website . Examples of work within the programme include the Smarter Workplaces Programme to deliver central estate transformational change. After a five-year programme of work led by SFT an on-going annual revenue efficiency of £28 million per annum has been delivered. SFT's work with four pilot councils to demonstrate what efficiency savings could be realised through office rationalisation has acted as a catalyst for wider change resulting in an average floor-space reduction of more than 30% in the last five years.

It is not clear where the assumed benefit of 21% for school construction was found as it does not feature within SFT's Annual Business Review for 2016-17.