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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-00751: Richard Leonard (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the reduction in the Skills and Training budget in 2017-18 will have on Skills Development Scotland's ability to grow the economy and develop the workforce.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 8 March 2017

There is no reduction to the budget for Skills Development Scotland in 2017-18.

In the Budget Bill, approved by this parliament on 23 February, the Skills Development Scotland grant in aid budget increases from £176.1m in 2016-17 to £179.6m in 2017-18.

This budget will be supplemented by a number of in year transfers to allow Skills Development Scotland to deliver activity in addition to its core services.