Consultation on Devolved Finances in Scotland
In previous consultations carried out on Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland (GERS) publication, users have indicated that they would like more information on the finances of the devolved public sector in Scotland. The Scottish Government has sought to address this through the provision of additional information in GERS, with the introduction of a new chapter on newly devolved taxes and expenditure introduced in 2015. However, the further devolution of fiscal authority to Scotland following Scotland Act 2016 continues to increase demand for information on devolved public sector finances, and it is difficult to provide this within the traditional GERS presentation.
As a result, the Scottish Government is increasing the amount of information it publishes on its budget, in response to the recommendations of the Scottish Parliament’s Budget Review Group. This includes the introduction of a new Fiscal Framework Outturn report, which will report on the forecast and final amounts that the Scottish Government receives from devolved taxes and their block grant adjustments. This new report will be published in September.
Alongside this, the Scottish Government is considering introducing a new statistical publication, which would have a wider scope and report on all devolved revenue and expenditures. Unlike GERS, it would focus solely on the finances of the Scottish Government, local government in Scotland, and their associated agencies and bodies. It would not report on services provided by other UK Government departments either operating in Scotland or providing wider services on behalf of Scotland. The proposed new publication would be in addition to the existing GERS publication which would continue to be published in its current form.
This consultation addresses two points:
The Scottish Government held its annual meeting of the Scottish Economic Statistics Consultation Group on 16 March 2018. This consultation document incorporates the comments of the group on Scotland’s public sector finances statistics.
The consultation document is available at the link below:
Devolved Finances Consultation Document
Replying to the Consultation
Responses to the consultation should be submitted by Friday 7 September 2018. You can reply to the consultation:
Online at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YZX7LTN
By email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post at: Devolved Finances Consultation 4WR St Andrews House Regent Road Edinburgh EH1 3DG