The Inspectorate's budget for 2012-13 was £320,000.
The expenditure was as follows:
In terms of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 there are duties now to publish proactively certain information. These are to provide information in connection with the following matters:
In connection with public relations (as a division of Scottish Government) we publish reports through the Scottish Government Internet. In the financial year 2012-13 publishing of the summary case preparation report and annual report amounted to £2,099.42.
Fees paid for conferences attended by staff £4,035.55.
In connection with overseas travel, three conferences were attended by members of staff and the expenditure was as follows:
|(Rome - June 2012)
|(Thailand - October 2012)
|(The Hague - March 2013)
Hospitality and entertainment
Provision of a working lunch for three meetings of the Lord Advocate's Advisory Group cost £745.58.
No fees were paid under this heading.
Efficiency, effectiveness and economy
As in previous years reports are not printed but placed on the internet with accompanying press release. During the year the use of ad hoc inspectors was replaced by the recruitment of an inspector on a fixed-term basis.
Two members of staff left at the end of their secondment and were replaced. Salary costs represent 90% of the expenditure and good use is made of part-time working, these costs are closely monitored.
Selection of topics for inspection is risk based with as little impact on operational staff as possible.
Joint working with other bodies to produce 'whole system' reports is the approach and discussions continue with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (Scotland) in particular on future joint work.
Remuneration in excess of £150,000
No member of staff is in this category.