Scottish Canals Statement of Expenditure 2016/17:
(in accordance with the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010)

  • Payments in excess of £25k – £12,110k
  • Public Relations/Marketing – £397k
  • Overseas Travel – £3.5k
  • External Consultancy – £0k

Expenditure on Public Relations includes:

  • Advertising
  • Social media
  • Design work
  • Training
  • Subscriptions
  • Event management
  • In-house staff costs
  • Any other promotional activity
  • World Canal Conference 2016
MEMBERS OR EMPLOYEES WHO RECEIVED REMUNERATION IN EXCESS OF £150k
Does not include receipt of pension, voluntary severance compromise agreements or redundancy payments
No. of individuals None

Statement of Efficiency, Effectiveness and Economy

Scottish Canals is committed to delivering increased value through improvements in the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of its functions. As part of the Efficient Government Programme, Scottish Canals had a cumulative target of achieving £300k of efficiency savings by the end of the 2016/17 financial year.  By the end of this financial year, Scottish Canals had achieved savings of £306k through the implementation of projects which have reduced expenditure and increased efficiency across the organisation, delivered by cumulative efficiencies achieved across a range of projects, specifically in the area of the provision of in-house weedcutting and contract savings through procurement tendering for Towpath works.

Promotion of Sustainable Growth

Scottish Canals Environment Strategy – Scottish Canals is committed to operating in a sustainable manner by enhancing the canal network and wider environment and by minimising the environmental impacts of our own activities.  Our Environment Strategy sets out how we will directly contribute to Scottish Government’s National Outcomes to create sustainable places, reduce the environmental impact of resource use and to enjoy, protect and enhance our built and natural environment with a series of key aims and targets which will form our priorities for the next ten years. By working with our partners and customers, this strategy will deliver many tangible environmental, social and economic benefits over the coming years.

  • Travel – Our network of canal-side towpaths provides safe, traffic-free routes to school and work for low carbon impact modes of travel. In 2016/17, we continued our programme to upgrade these important active travel routes across the canal network. We continue to use technology to reduce the need for business travel. As travel is necessary for the management of our geographically dispersed estate, we have continued our programme to replace older, less efficient vehicles in the liveried fleet with more efficient models. We are also investigating the provision electric vehicle charging points for both public and staff use. Further details of our approach can be found in the Transport and Travel theme of the Environment Strategy.
  • Energy – The Energy and Carbon Management theme of the Environment Strategy identifies a number of key areas to contribute to climate change mitigation by using energy more efficiently and by increasing renewable energy generation. By positively engaging with staff, customers and partners we can mitigate for, and adapt to, climate change.
  • Waste – Scottish Canals manages over 80 different waste types which are generated by our own activities (e.g. from offices, construction projects and canal estate management) and indirectly by our land and water based customers. A high proportion of our own waste is recycled. Recycling rates continue to improve by the continued provision of glass recycling facilities at key destinations on Scotland’s canals. Further details of our approach can be found in the Waste Management theme of the Environment Strategy.
  • Water – As one of the top raw water users in Scotland, we continued to have a good record of compliance with our Scottish Environment Protection Agency water use licences. To enhance the sustainable urban drainage and flood alleviation potential of the canal network, we have continued work on a number of initiatives e.g. Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership and North Glasgow integrated water management project. Further details of our approach can be found in the Water Resource Management and Flood Control theme of the Environment Strategy.
  • Procurement – Sustainability criteria were applied to all relevant contracts. We sell local food and crafts at our retail outlets. Community Benefits are now being incorporated into new contracts where applicable to provide additional ways of benefitting the local area in terms of Social, Economic and Environmental improvements. Procurement recruited a Modern Apprentice to assist in the running of the department and to further the aims of developing opportunities for young people. Further details of our approach can be found in the Sustainable Procurement theme of the Environment Strategy.
  • Heritage – Much of our estate is of national historic importance with all 5 of our canals designated as Scheduled Ancient Monuments. In accordance with our 25 year Heritage Strategy and action plan we continue to shape our future as we celebrate our 250 year legacy and seek to sustain it for the next generation, engage new audiences, widen participation and harness the socio-economic benefits positive heritage management can bring.
  • Biodiversity – Under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act (2004), all public bodies in Scotland are required to further the conservation of biodiversity when carrying out their responsibilities. The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act (2011) further requires public bodies in Scotland to provide a publicly available report, every three years, on the actions which they have taken to meet this biodiversity duty. Further details of our approach can be found in the Biodiversity Management theme of the Environment Strategy.

For further details of our approach to other areas of environmental management please click on the following links: