Financial Scrutiny

Scrutiny of Scottish Government spending is a core part of an MSP's parliamentary role in committee, in the Chamber and as an individual Member.

The Financial Scrutiny Unit provides independent analysis and support to committees of the Scottish Parliament and to individual Members on budgetary trends and issues, including independent costing of specific spending proposals, and providing research on all areas of the economy and public finances as they affect the Scottish Government and Parliament.

The Financial Scrutiny Unit's remit covers: 

  • supporting Members undertaking effective budget scrutiny;
  • producing financial costings and analysis; and
  • providing economic information and analysis.

The Financial Scrutiny Unit produces briefings on a range of areas such as the economy, finance, local government, and the business environment.  These briefings can be located under the appropriate headings on the Research Briefings by Subject page.

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Scottish Government Budget

Information covering the Scottish budget process, the health budget and Department Expenditure Limit.


Inflation Tool

Tool to calculate real term values

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Explanatory Guides

Explanatory guides on a range of economic issues.

Scottish Government Budget 2014-15 infographic


Visualisations providing information on economic issues in Scotland.

Labour Market Indicators

Updated: 24 January 2018
For the three months to: Nov 2017
Unemployment (16+) 4.0%
Employment (16-64) 75.0%
Economic Inactivity (16-64) 21.7%
Source: ONS
Claimant Count (December 2017) 2.4%
Source: nomis
Latest SPICe Labour Market Update is available on the Economy and Finance page
Next update: 21 February 2018

Find out the latest labour market data for your constituency:

Published: 24 January 2018

Next Update: 18 April 2018

Economic Indicators

Updated: 12 Jul 2017
On previous Qtr:
GDP (Q1 2017) -+0.8%
Source: Scottish Government
Compared to same time last year:
House Prices (Q4 2016/17) +2.1%
Source: ROS
Scottish Retail Sales (May 2017) --0.2%
Source: SRC-KPMG
More information on selected economic indicators is available in SPICe's Economic Indicators briefings available on the Economy and Finance page.