This was a budget of two parts – more spending in the short term to support mitigate the impacts of covid restrictions, and future fiscal tightening to address concerns about fiscal sustainability. But what were the implications for Scotland?
The UK has one of the highest levels of regional income inequality across developed countries. The Johnson government proposes to tackle this with a leveling up agenda. But where does Scotland fit into this picture? We show that the answer to this question depends on the type of regions we compare. As a whole, Scotland has income levels close to the UK average but looking closer we find a more nuanced picture.
Emma Congreve is joined by Mairi Spowage to look back on a year like no other. In this podcast, we discuss our articles from over the past year, picking our highlights and discussing how our thinking has evolved over the course of 2020. Links can be found below to all articles we are discussing – so you can read along at home!
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.
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