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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-23216: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of how the £308 million that is to be spent up to April 2023 on the social security programme will be allocated, including how this will link to (a) programme plans, (b) delivery timescales, (c) the award of contracts and (d) other key programme decisions, and what account this takes of the cost of the use of contractors.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 22 May 2019

The Financial Memorandum made it clear that the £308 million was an initial estimate for a four year programme. The estimates included staffing costs in the region of £104 million, IT development costs of £190 million and set up costs for Social Security Scotland in the region of £14 million.

The programme level business case is currently being reviewed.