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The Government Economic Strategy

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SECTION D: IMPLEMENTING THE STRATEGY

ALL PARTS OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR HAVE A CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE TO THE DELIVERY OF THE PURPOSE. THIS REQUIRES CONTINUED ALIGNMENT AND COOPERATION ACROSS ORGANISATIONS IN ADDITION TO ENHANCING OUR LINKS WITH THE PRIVATE AND THIRD SECTORS.

Resourcing

Growing the economy and creating opportunities for all to flourish continues to be the Purpose toward which all our resources and actions are directed. The imperative of generating increasing sustainable economic growth has, therefore, driven the difficult task of prioritisation within the forthcoming Spending Review process. The final decision on Scottish budget allocation will reflect the actions required to deliver the Purpose.

Implementation

All parts of the public sector have a contribution to make to the delivery of the Purpose. This requires continued alignment and cooperation across organisations in addition to enhancing our links with the private and third sectors.

Within the Scottish Government we will provide a clear focus on delivery of the Purpose. Cabinet is supported by a Strategic Board, comprising the Permanent Secretary and five Directors General, each of whom has responsibility for delivering the Government's Purpose.

The Strategy will help us to secure the maximum contribution to achieving sustainable growth across the public sector in Scotland and at all levels of government.

The Strategy will be used to:

  • align the activities of key bodies such as Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Visit Scotland, Transport Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Water;
  • shape the development of the outcome agreement approach with Community Planning Partnerships that will enable local partners to contribute effectively to the country's sustainable economic growth; and
  • frame our discussions with the UK Government and the EU, for example through our engagement on the Europe 2020 Strategy and options for fiscal reform, in areas which will influence the achievement of sustainable economic growth in Scotland.

The Strategy will only be effective in delivering the Purpose if it impacts on and influences the activities of Scotland's businesses and people. We have engaged widely in the development of this update of the Strategy and have tried to achieve a clarity of message that will allow us to engage effectively in its implementation. However, continued engagement will be vital to the successful delivery of the Strategy, and we are committed to working with all our partners across Scotland over the months and years ahead. By working together we will help secure the recovery and put Scotland on a path toward increased sustainable economic growth with opportunities for all to flourish.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Scottish Government has considered the requirement for strategic environmental assessment of the refreshed Strategy. Pre-screening has concluded that the Strategy itself - as a publication to provide an overarching framework - will have no or minimal environmental effects. However, it is recognised that many of the proposals set out here could have environmental implications when they are developed into more specific policies and actions.

All Scottish Government plans, programmes and strategies that implement these targets will therefore be considered in relation to the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005, and subjected to SEA where it is determined that they will generate significant environmental effects.

Challenging, Monitoring and Review

There have been marked changes in economic conditions since the 2007 Government Economic Strategy. However, the GES has provided a flexible and adaptable framework against which we were able to respond to these changing conditions through our Economic Recovery Plan. The Strategy will continue to offer this flexibility to evolve to economic conditions and also to changes in the responsibilities of the Scottish Government.

This will be heavily influenced by the reviewing of progress from outside of government and by the development of evidence which is brought to bear. To secure this external review we will:

  • through Scotland Performs continue to provide accountability based on the national priorities set out in the National Performance Framework.
  • continue to draw on the expertise and knowledge of the Council of Economic Advisers, whose work and analysis since 2007 has informed this update of the GES and advised us on how best to achieve increasing sustainable economic growth and to create opportunities for all to flourish;
  • engage, listen and learn from key partners across Scotland - whether that be in business, the public sector or the third sector - to constantly refine policy and streamline delivery to ensure the best possible outcomes; and
  • continue to draw on the valuable contributions from the National Economic Forum, which brings together key players from across Scotland in building consensus around the collective contributions to achieving increasing sustainable growth.

These bodies will hold the Government to account through assessing achievement of the measurable economic targets set out in this Strategy.