Date lodged: 13 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of how the £41.5 million for the administration of Social Security Scotland will be spent.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 9 January 2019
Social Security Scotland’s current indicative allocation of the 19-20 budget is as follows:
Formal Agreements with DWP (exc. VAT)
Information Communication Technology
Facilities & Property
Shared service recharges
Operational office costs
1 Scottish Ministers have asked DWP to administer Carer’s Allowance on their behalf under an Agency Agreement. Other formal agreements include allowing for verifying information for Best Start Grant applicants including identity and eligibility. These administrative costs will be recharged to Social Security Scotland.
2 Shared service recharges are payments to the Scottish Government for the use of IT, HR, and Procurement services.
The final allocations of the budget will be decided in March 2019 as part of the Agency’s business planning cycle.