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Freedom of information: Money to Charitable Organisations

27 September 2013

Thank you for your e-mail request of 28 June 2013. You have asked for the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

"Can you please tell me how much money the Crown Office has given to Stonewall Scotland, giving the full amount per year and explaining the reason for the funding.

I understand the Crown pays to use the Stonewall Scotland logo on its stationery so I am interested in these and any other payments, going as far back as possible.

Please also provide the same information for any other charitable body including any other gay rights groups or outside organisation to which the Crown Office has given funding, going as far back as possible but certainly for the last 5 years".

We have now completed our search for the information you request. Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) does not classify charities separately within the finance system and while every effort has been made to identify all payments made to charities, I cannot guarantee that the list attached is exhaustive. Our records do not include any payments falling within the terms of your request in the financial year 2008/2009.

I apologise for the delay in responding to you, which, as we explained by email was due to the significant amount of work required to obtain the information to respond to your request.

Undernoted is a breakdown of the payments to the charities and the reasons for the payments to charities.

STONEWALL EQUALITY LTD - COPFS participates in Stonewall's Diversity Champion Programme at a current cost of £1,800 per year. This gives us access to a range of advice and guidance on LGBT issues. As part of the programme we have access to training and development seminars and can use the logo on our literature to highlight our commitment to equality, both to staff and also to the wider public. We encourage our staff to attend the annual Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference where appropriate. This may include line managers, HR and members of our Proud network. COPFS has made payments to Stonewall Equality Limited since 2009 and a breakdown of those is undernoted. Please note there are two invoices from 2010 for sums of £200 and £400 where we have been unable to trace the original invoice and we have therefore been unable to provide you with a detailed explanation for those payments.

 

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

REASON FOR PAYMENT

£1,725.00







Annual membership



£200.00





Original invoice not located



£400.00





Original invoice not located



£881.00





Attending Conference



£1,763.00





Annual membership





   £60.00



Tickets for evening event





  £960.00



Training





£1,260.00



Attending Conference





£1,800.00



Annual membership





    £68.00



Purchase of guides







  £810.00

Attending Conference







£1,800.00

Annual membership

 

VSS

COPFS (through our dedicated Victim Information and Advice (VIA) service) provides information about the Criminal Justice process to victims, witnesses and bereaved relatives in certain cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal.  In these cases VIA staff make direct contact with victims – providing specific information about the progress of their case and details of support that may be available to them. 

VSS receives information about most victims of crime directly from the police in accordance with statutory provisions contained within the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003.  VSS proactively seeks to engage with all victims referred to them but does not provide information about the progress of their case.  In 2012/13 COPFS engaged the services of VSS in a pilot to trial provision of support for vulnerable witnesses through VSS.

The pilot ran for one year (commencing 1 August 2012) and, under the terms of a Service Level Agreement, COPFS paid VSS £50,000 for this purpose. 

In the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011, VSS received approximately 12,500 referrals from Tayside Police.

In the same period, COPFS (through VIA)) provided information proactively about the progress of their case to approximately 1,500 victims.

The £50,000 allocated to VSS for the operation of the pilot was for the purpose of staff costs (including travel and subsistence), accommodation, equipment, telephone calls and post & incidental expenses.  VSS will meet the costs of an independent evaluation of the pilot.  The aims of the Pilot are as undernoted and a full breakdown of the expenses is contained in the undernoted table.  This payment was made in the financial year 2012/13.

This pilot aimed:

To ensure that all victims have access to information about the progress of their case at the same time as receiving the support they need from VSS;

To avoid the duplication and confusion that could be caused by the involvement of a number of organisations;

To enable COPFS (VIA) staff to focus on the preparation of more serious cases through the reduction in routine administrative tasks in summary cases.

The aims of the pilot mirror the principles listed in the Victims and Witnesses Bill which sets out that victims and witnesses should be able to obtain information about what is happening in their cases; should have their safety ensured; should be able to access appropriate support; and should be able to participate effectively where that is appropriate.

 

Recruitment Costs

     £500.00

Salary (including Employers Contribution)

£27,000.00

Office Rental (and configuration)

  £6,000.00

IT Developments

  £8,000.00

Office Equipment

  £1,000.00

IT Equipment (set up and install)

  £1,500.00

Telephony and Postage

  £2,000.00

Associated Staff Costs (exps/support etc)

  £4,000.00

 

Enable

Enable provided inputs to the Vulnerable Witnesses courses in the financial year 2009/10 and were paid £460 for this service.

Action on Hearing Loss

The payments are for services used to support staff with hearing impairment, including electronic note taking at training courses and work based assessments.

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

REASON FOR PAYMENT

£1104.00







Electronic notetaking for a training course





£270.00



Electronic notetaking for a training course





£665.00



Workbased assessment

 

 

Skils for Justice

COPFS pay an annual subscription to Skills for Justice, our sector skills council. This covers a variety of services which are available to COPFS; including access to national working groups and support for the development of learning and national occupational standards.  A table of the monies paid to them is undernoted.

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

REASON FOR PAYMENT

£15,200







Training



£6,251





Annual Membership (backdated)



   £790





Training



£1,116





Training



£1,200





Value and Managing Difference Materials, Train the Trainer event and e-learning licenses





  £5,775



Annual Membership





£15,530



E-learning licences





     £182



Enhancing professionalism of provision of interpreting in Justice Sector







£5,775

Annual Membership







    £182

Enhancing professionalism of provision of interpreting in Justice Sector

 

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council

The monies were paid for the services of a specialist equality and diversity advisor seconded to COPFS and with a particular focus on the West of Scotland, including Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Argyll and Clyde and Ayrshire.  A note of the milestones which were set for this project are undernoted, followed by a table showing the breakdown of monies paid over the financial years for the specialist secondee’s services.

Milestone 1 - Research, identify and facilitate diversity awareness training - this is designed to  assist the staff in the Departmental Enquiry Point to deliver a more effective service and ensure that they are equipped to deal with customers from diverse communities.

Milestone 2 - Research the demographics of the new migrant communities within the Strathclyde Area.  The purpose of this milestone is to identify where the new migrant communities are located, identify representative groups and for WSREC to facilitate meetings with these groups which will allow COPFS staff to build relationships within these communities. 

Milestone 3 - Milestone 3 is specifically to assist in working COPFS to work with  Community groups which represent the Asylum Seeker/ Refugee community and to assist COPFS staff to broker links with these groups.

Milestone 4 - WSREC will provide input into diversity newsletters as required by the Areas.  They will continue to send information about events that will take place during the coming year.

Milestone 5 - This milestone is designed to identify and facilitate diversity awareness training for specialised units within COPFS such as Deaths and Domestic Abuse etc.  It is hoped that through this milestone COPFS will develop local contacts who will be able to assist and advise on matters of cultural practices and sensitivities.

Milestone 6 - WSREC will carry out an impact assessment on the new equality strands



2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

REASON FOR PAYMENT

£27,260.00







Diversity Services



£56,978.00





Diversity Services





£9,246.00



Diversity Services







£446.00

Diversity Services