Tuesday, 10 November 2021 17:47

Next Scottish budget date set

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary, John Swinney

A date has been set for when Scotland’s Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary, John Swinney, will next publish financial plans for the Scottish Government.

On 16 December, Mr Swinney will outline a “bold, ambitious budget for the future,” while also meeting legislative requirements to have an approved Scottish Budget in place for the start of the next financial year.

The timing of the budget will allow for the longest possible opportunity for parliamentary scrutiny.

Mr Swinney said: “This approach will give the Scottish Government and our partners as much time as possible after the UK Spending Review on 25 November to develop proposals for a bold, ambitious budget for the future.

“I am determined that measures brought forward in my budget will demonstrate the Scottish Government’s commitment to do everything within our power and means to protect the most vulnerable from the UK Government's austerity approach. We have been clear as a government that we will tackle inequality through economic growth, and my budget will advance that vision.

“In years to come, the additional responsibilities we will get through the Scotland Bill will enable this, and future Scottish Governments, to take a distinctive approach to the challenges we face, to design policies and programmes that align with our vision of a stronger, wealthier and fairer society.

“This government has used the tax powers we have to support those on low incomes, such as removing tax on buying a home from the 50% of people at the bottom of the market. When we set out our tax plans they will be driven by our principles of establishing a system that is fair and progressive.”

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