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Scottish Budget update

As per usual, there was no amount of confusion about what the Chancellor’s statement yesterday meant for the Scottish Budget. Different numbers mean different things to people. But the outlook for the Scottish budget in 2020/21 has changed substantially since it was published in March. So, what do we know?

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Fiscal event or not a fiscal event…. today’s announcements in a nutshell

The Chancellor today announced a number of measures designed to stimulate economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Overall, whilst significant, it is clear that the Chancellor is keeping some options in his back pocket for the budget in the Autumn. And whilst it is right that we …

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Fiscal stimulus? Plus a note about ‘borrowing powers’…

We set aside some time yesterday to look over the Prime Minister’s economy announcements, following the trail that it would set out a plan for recovery. At the heart of the announcement was a £5bn “new deal” to build homes and infrastructure. But has been widely pointed out, there was …

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The outlook for the Scottish budget in 2020 and beyond

David Eiser, Fraser of Allander Institute, david.eiser@strath.ac.uk The outlook for the Scottish budget in 2020/21 has changed substantially since it was published in March. Higher spending and lower revenues will largely be offset by increased grant from the UK Government. The pandemic also accentuates the scale of several fiscal risks …

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Scottish budget risks and uncertainties – implications of Covid-19

The Scottish Budget 2020/21 was published and agreed before Covid-19 was perceived as posing a significant health risk to the UK. This post examines how the policy response to Covid-19 will affect the size of the Scottish budget, the outlook for devolved revenues, and the financial risks the budget is …

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