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S5W-09687: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-24492 by Michael Matheson on 3 March 2015, in light of the comment provided in the response by the chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service that the "one off payment for prison officers is made in recognition of a specific set of circumstances unique to their frontline", for what reason similar payments were subsequently made in 2017 and are planned for 2018.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 29 June 2017

When the first payment was made in 2015 it was anticipated that the change process would be completed within a 2 year time frame. This has not proved possible because of the extent of the work that was required to inform the development of a model.

It has taken SPS longer than anticipated and at this point in time, we anticipate that the final delivery of the model is still some 2 years off.

SPS has been very clear that the payments that have been made to frontline Prison Officers are connected to their continuing engagement with the process of transformational change. These payments are made in recognition that the effect of that change will be disproportionally felt by that staff group.