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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-23399: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Fraser of Allander Institute statement that “a strategy is needed for managing reductions in some areas, and not just a strategy for where new money will be spent.”

Answered by: Derek Mackay 4 June 2019

In our second Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) published on 30 May, we set out the key financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The MTFS is accompanied this year by a framework for our forthcoming Spending Review, which will assist us to allocate budgets to meet the changing needs of Scotland’s people. Both the MTFS and spending review framework are key parts of our Written Agreement with the Finance and Constitution Committee, which followed the recommendations of the Budget Process Review Group.

The Scottish Government manages Scotland’s public finances in a competent, responsible and balanced way. This Government has a strong track record in this respect as we continue to invest in Scotland’s economy and public services in the face of Westminster austerity.