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Public Services Reform Act (Scotland) 2010

Take a look at our reports of individual payments we made over £25,000.

1 Overview

Historic Environment Scotland will publish reports of individual payments over £25,000. It’s a significant step in complying with the Scottish Government’s commitment to openness and transparency following the introduction of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

The report will reflect Historic Environment Scotland’s payments to companies and organisations who provide services to us as part of our work to protect, present and promote Scotland’s historic environment.

Payments cover a wide spectrum, including:

  • archaeology
  • major projects
  • utilities
  • grants
  • payments to contractors for capital expenditure

2 What the report includes

Historic Environment Scotland’s report will provide details of all payments over £25,000 in chronological order by business area for the relevant period.

The report will record the:

  • payee name
  • amount paid (including VAT, whether or not recoverable)
  • payment date
  • expenditure type
  • Historic Environment Scotland business area that initiated the payment

We welcome any feedback regarding our reports.

The report records payments made under the organisation structure in place during the period. It is anticipated that this approach provides the appropriate transparency required by Historic Environment Scotland under Section 31(3) of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

The way we record payments in the report will be different from how we account for expenditure in our published annual accounts. For the purposes of our annual accounts, expenditure is recorded according to the year in which goods and services are received rather than when the payment is made.

3 Make an enquiry

If you have an enquiry or would like more information about a particular payment over £25,000, you can email Historic Environment Scotland at mgtac@hes.scot.

What to include in your enquiry

The more information you provide, the easier it is for us to handle your enquiry. When making a request, be sure to include:

  • ‘publication of payments with a value in excess of £25,000’ in the subject line of your email
  • the date of the payment to which your enquiry relates
  • the Historic Environment Scotland business area detailed in the final column of the published report
  • your name, address and telephone number

For example, a clear and concise email subject line would read:

Publication of payments with a value in excess of £25,000: 30 November 2010, Meadowside St Paul’s Church, Dundee, £33,150.