This is a guest authored article from Dr Alison Hosie, Research Officer at the Scottish Human Rights Commission reflecting on the Scottish Budget 2020-21 from a human rights perspective.
Mairi Spowage, Deputy Director of the Institute, is joined by Dr Hannah White, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government, to discuss the interaction between the budgetary processes at Westminster and the devolved governments, how well devolved budgetary processes are understood by Westminster, the experience of inter-governmental relations throughout the pandemic, and of course Brexit and the Internal Market Bill.
Recent positive news on vaccine development raises expectations that 2021/22 will herald the beginnings of a recovery from both the health and economic shocks caused by Covid in 2020. With this backdrop, what are the implications for the Scottish Government’s budget for 2021/22 – due to be published on 28th January?
The Scottish Budget has been allocated over £8bn to address the implications of Covid-19 in 2020/21. This article considers how those funds have been allocated, reviews the fiscal issues and tensions that have emerged , and considers the possible implications of the UK Government Spending Review 2020 for the Scottish BUdget in 2021/22