SQA Expenditure 2011-12

SQA – Return for accounting period 1 April 2011–31 March 2012

The Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (PSRA) came into force on 1 October 2010.  Sections 31—32 of the Act, places duties on listed public bodies to provide and publish information on expenditure and certain other matters. The Act requires the SQA, along with other public bodies, to publish information on.

Expenditure in relation to:

The expenditure information, to be disclosed under the requirements of the PSRA 2010 Act, is provided for each of the categories noted below where relevant:


Public Relations

Includes marketing, advertising campaigns, media relations, design, external events, conferences and exhibitions, sponsorship, publications and media planning.

Public Relations
Core activity and other income generating activity 1,121,000
Programme grant activity 389,000
Total Spend 1,510,000

Overseas Travel

Includes the costs of overseas travel and all associated costs such as accommodation and incidental costs.

Overseas Travel
Core activity 64,000
Programme grant activity 4,000
Other Income generating activity 232,000
Total Spend 300,000

Hospitality and Entertainment

Includes the costs for any gifts, meals, parties, receptions, invitations or tickets to public, sporting,
cultural or other events accorded by the SQA to its own members, employees or third parties,
for whatever reason. The costs of reasonable travel, subsistence allowances and expenses necessarily
incurred in relation to service as a member or employee are excluded.

Hospitality and Entertainment
Core activity 1,000
Programme grant activity 5,000
Other Income generating activity 0
Total Spend 6,000

External Consultancy

The Scottish Government definition of 'consultancy' includes a wide range of professional services such as management consultancy, IT consultancy, financial consultancy, construction or infrastructure related consultancy, research and evaluation and policy development. The expenditure contained in this section reflects this definition.

The SQA mainly uses external consultancy, as defined, for services that support business improvement, such as the development of management, corporate and specific strategies, performance improvement, irregular specialist advice and guidance and business best practice and efficiency.

External Consultancy
Core activity 74,000
Programme grant activity 31,000
Other Income generating activity 45,000
Total Spend 150,000

Payments with a Value in Excess of £25,000

Payments with a Value in Excess of £25,000
Schedule (285 KB) specifying the amount of each individual payment in excess of £25,000, the payee, the date paid, the subject matter and the activity category.  
Total Spend 26,769,000

Remuneration in Excess of £150,000

Members or Employees who received remuneration in Excess of £150,000
No member or employee received this level of remuneration.

Sustainable Growth and Efficiency, Effectiveness & Economy

Sustainable Growth and Efficiency, Effectiveness & Economy (178 KB)