Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Civil Service Staff Still Soaring

Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Civil Service Staff Still Soaring

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The number of staff employed by the Scottish Executive has increased by 32% since the devolved Parliament was set up in 1999, latest figures have disclosed.

The figures, given by Finance Minister Tom McCabe in parliamentary answers this week, show that the Executive employed 4,410 staff in April 2005. This compares with 3,336 for the same month in April 1999, a rise of 1,074.

The Scottish Conservatives criticised the rise, describing the administration as Scotland's fastest growing industry. Tory MSP Ted Brocklebank, a member of the Parliaments finance committee, said the figures merely reflected the big government approach of the coalition Labour-Liberal Democrat Executive.

'No wonder our economy lags behind the rest of the UK when government itself is the biggest business of them all,' he added.

However, a spokesman for the Scottish Executive said current staff levels were lower than in 1993 when the figure for the former Scottish Office totalled 4,700. …

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