Date lodged: 21 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comment in the report by the Auditor General, The 2017/18 audit of the Scottish Police Authority, that "The lack of progress in developing [the workforce, estates and ICT] strategies will constrain the Scottish Police Authority’s ability to achieve long-term financial sustainability".
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 5 December 2018
The Scottish Government welcomes the Auditor General’s view that progress has been made in key areas, with many of the concerns highlighted in previous audit reports now being addressed.
The Scottish Police Authority’s three year financial plan and ten year financial strategy were approved in May 2018. The three year plan sets the context for the delivery of the Policing 2026 strategy, outlining plans to eradicate the service’s budget deficit. The ten year strategy sets out the range of financial impacts that could arise as a result of longer term trends.
The Scottish Government recognises that these financial plans will become increasingly robust, supporting the delivery of long-term financial sustainability, as underpinning strategies are developed.