Date lodged: 5 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions or correspondence it has had with Police Scotland regarding the operational impact of the £5.3 million shortfall in the budget allocation for custody and productions remodelling in 2019-20 as identified in the Scottish Police Authority Board Papers of 28 March 2019.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 3 May 2019
The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) is responsible for allocating the budget for the policing of Scotland, which includes allocations to the Chief Constable and also to the Director of the Forensics Service. The Scottish Government had a number of discussions with the SPA and Police Scotland finance leads during the course of the 2019-20 spending review. The SPA considered and approved its budget for 2019-20 at its meeting on 28 March 2019.
We are committed to protecting the police resource budget in real terms in every year of this Parliament – a boost of £100 million by 2021. The value of the real terms protection in 2019-20 is £19.1m.
Total Scottish Government funding for the Scottish Police Authority in 2019-20 is increasing by £42.3 million, meaning the annual policing budget is now over £1.2 billion. 87% of the policing budget pays for the salaries of police staff and officers and we have invested an additional £11.2 million in the workforce, including a 6.5% pay increase for police officers. This year’s budget also includes a 52% (£12 million) increase to the capital budget and £30.2 million of reform and change funding.