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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20587: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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:

 

 

 

Notes

£m

Staff costs

 

20.1

Formal Agreements with DWP (exc. VAT)

1

6.1

Information Communication Technology

 

5.6

Facilities & Property

 

4.2

Shared service recharges

2

2.9

Operational office costs

 

2.6

Total

 

41.5

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.