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S5W-03683: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent on training (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff in each year since 2006.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 2 November 2016

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond. His response is as follows:

Year

Prisoner Vocational Training Costs

2006-07

£239,145.14

2007-08

£253,268.31

2008-09

£299,644.76

2009-10

£283,261.37

2010-11

£361,800.17

2011-12

£398,190.73

2012-13

£391,672.50

2013-14

£352,342.58

2014-15

£412,971.76

2015-16

£335,480.56

The table represents the cost of delivering Vocational Training only within the SPS over the last ten years. This figure includes purchase of VT Materials, Equipment and Tools and the cost of the Training Fees and the cost of maintenance of the Equipment and Tools.

This figure does not include the cost of SPS staff involved or the overhead costs of delivering the activity, as this cannot be separately identified or costed. The SPS does not record its expenditure in such a way to provide that breakdown. Nor does it include other costs such as education.

The SPS cannot provide an overall cost of training for prisoners across all areas in the estate as this can be embedded in other Purposeful Activity areas, and cannot be separately quantified or costed.

The Scottish Prison Service College has an annual operating budget to cover staff training that builds and maintains professional standards across the business. Included in that suite of corporate training is our operational risk management training, which minimises risk for operational staff working in custodial environments and those within our care. Annual expenditure also includes any upskilling, professional or vocational training required for specialist roles in the Service and the provision of all management and leadership training.

The following table shows annual expenditure on staff training in the SPS since 2006-07, and includes College staffing, facilities and overheads, and the cost of any external training provision.

 

 

 

SPS College Expenditure*

Staff Development Costs Across Organisation

Total

Expenditure on Staff Training in SPS

2006-07

£3,319,034

£285,314

£3,604,348

2007-08

£3,023,517

£283,114

£3,306,631

2008-09

£3,129,004

£274,181

£3,403,185

2009-10

£1,992,465

£244,954

£2,237,419

2010-11

£3,062,848

£230,215

£3,293,063

2011-12

£3,043,948

£285,102

£3,329,050

2012-13

£3,876,274

£348,775

£4,225,049

2013-14

£4,174,437

£631,190

£4,805,627

2014-15

£4,578,548

£608,434

£5,186,982

2015-16

£4,413,909

£665,096

£5,079,005

*Figures include staffing, depreciation charges and exclude income