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208 - Consultancy Spend

04 March 2022

Request:

To ask, in years 2020/21 and 2021/22, how much Crown Estates Scotland spent on external consultants. 

Could you list the names of these consultants, and for what purpose they were hired, and how much each consultant was paid. 

Response:

Please find attached an Excel spreadsheet containing the requested information.  

Figures include both capital and revenue spend and are net total of VAT and as accrued in our accounts, based on when the work was done. This means they may not match the timing of invoices being received and paid. They therefore may not match our future Public Records Scotland Act (PRSA) statements exactly. 

We have defined ‘external consultants’ based on Scottish Government Guidance for public bodies regarding their duties to provide information under the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.  

https://www.gov.scot/publications/duties-on-public-bodies-to-provide-information-guidance/  

We have also referred to Scottish Government Guidance on use of consultants: 

https://www.gov.scot/publications/use-of-consultants-guidance/  

Please note, FY 2021-22 covers April 2021 – February 2022.

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