Date lodged: 8 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to its news release of 27 April 2015, Tullis Russell Papermakers Limited, how much it allocated to the joint task force that it set up; what action it has taken to monitor and audit the use of this; how much remains held by Fife Council, and when it last met the stakeholders involved with the task force to discuss allocating this remaining funding.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 15 November 2018
The Scottish Government made £6 million available to Fife Council to support delivery of the Fife Task Force Action Plan.
Prior to closure of the Task Force on 25 October 2016, all projects seeking funding were framed in a business case agreed by Fife Council or Scottish Enterprise prior to submission for consideration by the Fife Task Force Operational Group. The Operational Group, with membership drawn from the Scottish Government, Fife Council, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Fife Economy Partnership, was responsible for assessing business cases and making recommendations to the Scottish Government and Fife Council, who then gave subsequent approval to each business case on behalf of the joint chairs of the of the Task Force.
When the Task Force closed, responsibility for ongoing implementation of the original Action Plan and associated investment programme passed to the Fife Economy Partnership. Fife Economy Partnership (FEP) meets quarterly and brings together key people from Fife’s business community and representatives of Fife Council and the wider public sector, including Scottish Government officials. All of the resource originally provided to the Task Force has been allocated. Annual meetings between Scottish Government Ministers and the FEP have been held since 2011 and, as part of that process, I met with the FEP yesterday, Wednesday 14 November to discuss a wide range of issues relevant to the Fife economy.