Has the Scottish budget increased or decreased since 2010/11?

The Finance Committee meeting last Wednesday included a lively exchange about the extent to which the Scottish Government’s budget has changed since 2010/11. Murdo Fraser argued that the Scottish budget has increased in real terms between 2010/11 and 2017/18. Cabinet Secretary for Finance Derek Mackay replied that there had been …

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Local Government Settlement? So who is right? (Well both are!)

There has been much debate since yesterday’s Scottish Budget for 2017-18 about the settlement for local government and local services. The Scottish Government have argued that there is more money for local services, whilst others – primarily the opposition and local government – argue that local government budgets are being …

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Scottish Draft Budget 2017/18: initial response

Finance Secretary raises revenue to invest in public services This was a revenue-raising budget to fund investment in public services, but one that kicks some of the more difficult spending decisions into future years. Today’s Budget contained little in the way of new surprises beyond what had been widely trailed …

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The outlook for capital borrowing in the Scottish Budget

Fraser of Allander Institute, December 2016 One of the central elements of this week’s Scottish Budget will be the outlook for capital spending and an update on the detailed list of infrastructure projects – in transport, housing, schools and hospitals – that the government will take forward over the next …

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Autumn Statement 2016 and implications for Scotland

Fraser of Allander Institute, November 2016 Autumn Statement 2016 will be remembered for the unprecedented scale of its revisions to economic and fiscal forecasts, rather than its comparatively modest policy announcements. Just eight months ago, George Osborne had laid out a budget that was expected to see the UK public …

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The Autumn Statement: what might it mean for the Scottish budget?

David Eiser, Fraser of Allander Institute The new Chancellor faces a difficult balancing act in preparing his first Autumn Statement. On the one hand he will face pressure to mitigate the risk of a post-EUref slowdown in the economy. Increases in infrastructure spending or targeted tax cuts would be the …

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Brexit and the Fiscal Settlement

Jim Cuthbert is an independent statistician and economist and former Scottish Office Chief Statistician. Working often jointly with Margaret Cuthbert, he has published a number of influential articles on Scotland’s economy and public finances. Their research can be found here – http://www.jamcuthbert.co.uk/index.html In his talk at the Fraser of Allander …

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Scotland’s Budget: 2016 in 6 charts!

Today we have published our first Scotland’s Budget report – for 2016 – at an event in Edinburgh attended by all parties and representatives from Scotland’s business, third sector and public sector communities. Scotland’s Budget: 2016 provides an objective assessment of the outlook for Scotland’s finances and the choices, challenges …

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