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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2012-13 Statements

Report summary

Statements published in accordance with sections 31 and 32 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

(Period covering 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013)

Statements (a) to (d) are published in accordance with section 31(1) and (2) of the Act:

(a) Public Relations spend

SDS undertakes public relations activity to ensure that all of its audiences including
employees, employers, school and college leavers are made aware of the full range of
opportunities they can get to help develop their skills.

SDS funded over 25,000 modern apprenticeships in 2012-13 which required both employers and entrants to be aware of and to engage in the program. We funded 14,500 local training opportunities, with 9,583 starts on the GRfW programme and 5,522 starts on the TfW programme. We delivered 437,958 face-to-face engagements in a mix of group and one-to-one sessions for 146,330 individual people, as well as funded 46,049 learners through Individual Learning Accounts. We supported nearly 9,000 flexible training opportunities to employees of Scottish businesses. SDS incurred costs of £1,252,379 on public relations in 2012-13, including staff costs.

(b) Overseas travel

SDS had nil expenditure on overseas travel for the financial year 2012-13.

(c) Hospitality and Entertainment given

SDS incurred costs of £2,427 on hospitality and entertainment in financial year 2012-13.

(d) Consultancy

The Scottish Government defines 'consultancy' as including a wide range of professional
services such as management consultancy, IT consultancy, financial consultancy, construction and infrastructure related consultancy, research and evaluation and policy development. Therefore the expenditure contained in this section reflects this definition of external consultancy.

SDS mainly uses external consultancy to undertake specific pieces of work which requires expertise which is not readily available in-house.

SDS incurred costs of £437,496.17 on consultancy for the financial year in 2012-13. There was nil expenditure on management consultancy in 2012-13 and £66,000 of the total is irrecoverable VAT. Research and policy development costs have been included in the total as per the Scottish Government guidance on the definition of "consultancy". £317,000 (incl. VAT) and £106,000 (incl. VAT) was spent on research and policy development respectively. The remaining costs included £15,000 (incl. VAT) on "other" consultancy.

(e) Payments over £25k

The following statement is published in accordance with section 31 (3) of the Act.

SDS is the national skills body for Scotland delivering National Training Programmes - including Modern Apprenticeships, the Employability Programme, Flexible Training Opportunities and Individual Learning Accounts. The majority of our payments over 25k relate to funding payments made to Training Providers for the delivery of National Training Programmes.

Payments over £25,000 on the National Training Programmes

All other payments over £25,000

(f) Remuneration in excess of £150k

The following statement is published in accordance with section 31 (4) of the Act.
No member of staff at SDS received remuneration in excess of £150,000 for the financial year 2011-12.

(g) Sustainable economic growth

The following statement is published in accordance with section 32(1) (a) of the Act.

Statement on sustainable economic growth 2012-13

(h) Efficiency, effectiveness and economy

The following statement is published in accordance with section 32(1) (b) of the Act.

Statement on efficiency, effectiveness and economy 2012-13