Date lodged: 6 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it was alerted by the Lord Advocate prior to the 2017-18 Draft Budget that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service would need to lose around 200 posts from its current workforce to deliver the required real terms savings over the next five years.
Answered by: James Wolffe QC 16 February 2017
There is no plan to reduce the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s workforce by 200. The Workforce Planning Strategy, which is a matter for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service rather than the Scottish Government, sets out, in line with the recommendations of Audit Scotland, a possible model for the future beyond 2017-18 but no decisions have yet been taken about staffing beyond that point. Future decisions about staffing will depend on what budgets are set in subsequent years, the numbers and types of cases reported to the Service, and progress with reform in the operation of the criminal justice system. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service budget has only been set for one year (2017-18) and the expected impact of that budget on staffing levels has been shared publicly with the Justice Committee and with staff.