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Disclosures Written Answer, 17/11/10 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Hugh O'Donnell's (LD) question asking the Scottish Executive what costs have been incurred by Disclosure Scotland in preparing for the introduction of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme; and who was employed by Disclosure Scotland to write the 136-page guidance to the new rules for the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme and what the cost was.

The Minister for Children and Early Years, Adam Ingram, replied that Disclosure Scotland implementation costs, including IT costs, to end of September 2010 stand at £22,095,613.

Ministers are committed to providing up to £53 million to cover the cost of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme. Current estimates put the cost at £44.4 million which includes £32.7 million in IT development costs. The full cost is being met by the Scottish Government.

The guidance was written by Scottish Government officials, informed by a guidance advisory group made up of representatives from the statutory and voluntary sectors.

A professional writer was employed for 12 months using the Scottish Government’s interim specialist contract with approved agencies. The work included:

Working with stakeholders to understand their business needs;

Carrying out a series of one to one discussions on requirements with advisory group members;

Developing and drafting the core of the guidance in accessible language.

The total cost was £81,609.67.

The guidance was subject to stakeholder consultation and was significantly amended in response to comments.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 15 - 19 November 2010 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 15 - 19 November 2010