The Commissioner is funded through public money, and ultimately through the people of Scotland.
But isn’t the Commissioner independent? How can that be if they get funding in this way?
The Commissioner’s funding doesn’t come through the Scottish Government, but from the Scottish Parliament.
The Commissioner requires Parliamentary approval of their budget each year via the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB).
The Commissioner’s financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Each summer, the SPCB writes to the Commissioner seeking a budget for the next financial year and an estimated budget for the year or years after that.
The SPCB looks at the Commissioner’s budget submission and may request oral or written evidence of the bid, agreeing changes if necessary before formal SPCB approval. The Commissioner’s budget submission forms part of the SPCB’s overall budget submission that must be approved by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.