Reading Time: 5 minutes This blog explores the idea of a wellbeing economy and how it is influencing Scottish Government policy.
Fiscal sustainability: long term thinking required!
Reading Time: 6 minutes This blog summarises the SFC’s fiscal sustainability report and its implications for the pubic policy debate in Scotland.
UK Budget 2023: the Hunt for growth
Reading Time: 5 minutes This blog summarises key measures from yesterday’s UK Budget and the implications for Scotland.
Budget transparency: Data
Reading Time: 4 minutes This blog takes a look at the data supplied by the Scottish Government to support the budget.
Transparency and the Scottish Budget
Reading Time: 9 minutes This blog summarises issues around the transparency of Scottish budgetary information.
Why is Scotland spending an additional £1 billion on social security?
Reading Time: 5 minutes In 2023-24 the amount paid out in devolved social security benefits is forecast to increase by around £1 billion – from £4.2 billion in 2022-23
Levelling Up: the view from Scotland
Reading Time: 7 minutes The successful bids for Round 2 of the Levelling Up Fund were announced by the UK government on 19 January. This blog looks at the approach to funding and the successful bids in Scotland.
Budget Bingo – common themes in Committees’ pre-budget scrutiny
Reading Time: 8 minutes This blog continues our exploration of human rights budgeting by looking at the committee scrutiny process and how that has changed over the years, then identifying the common themes across the pre-budget letters and reports produced by 12 committees in autumn 2022, and where these themes fit within the three principles of human rights budgeting.
The three golden rules? Mainstreaming transparency, participation and accountability in the Scottish Budget
Reading Time: 10 minutes This blog expands on SPICe’s 2023-24 Budget Briefing, explaining in more detail what human rights budgeting means in practice, what stakeholders have asked for from the Scottish Government, and how the Government has measured up against those asks in the 2023-24 Budget and documentation.
Scottish Budget 2023-24: Pulling the income tax lever
Reading Time: 10 minutes An initial analysis of the 2023-24 Scottish Budget