The Scottish Government's location policy was introduced in January 2008.
The location policy seeks to deliver better use of the Government estate while ensuring that organisations are suitably accommodated and that due account is given to the relevant environmental considerations of the Greener Scotland programme.
These principles and arrangements apply to the core Scottish Government, its Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies, and those parts of the Health Service with national remit requiring office-based HQ accommodation, including the HQ of NHS National Services Scotland, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, NHS Education Scotland and NHS 24.
Achieving efficiency and best practice asset management. There will be a presumption in favour of the choice representing best value for money for the Scottish Government as a whole, providing that this meets the requirements of the organisation, unless clear reasons for an alternative are agreed and articulated by Ministers.
In the case of Small Unit relocations, particular weight will be given to communities deemed remote, rural or fragile and to fit with other rural initiatives.
More details can be found in the Scottish Government's Asset Management Review.
For further information contact: 0131 244 3865