Date lodged: 24 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its proposal to bring the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) under the governance of a strategic board focused on economic outcomes, whether the ability of the SFC to focus on activities that do not relate to enterprise and skills will be constrained.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 1 June 2017
The Scottish Funding Council will remain accountable to Scottish Ministers. The SFC, in common with the other agencies, will retain its own board which will continue to perform its duties in line with its Ministerial letter of guidance and legislative requirements. The role of the Strategic Board will be to establish increased collaboration between the agencies in order to deliver inclusive economic growth.