Economy and Finance

SB 17-26i Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 4th Quarter 2016

5 April 2017
This note gives an overview of the change in Scottish GDP by chained volume measures for the 4th quarter of 2016. It provides a comparison with the UK and looks at how selected sectors are performing.

SB 17-19 City Region Deals

15 March 2017
An in-depth look at the inception and progress to date of City Region Deals in Scotland

SB 17-18 Labour Market Update: March 2017

15 March 2017
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' March 2017 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 17-14 Scotland’s Exports

2 March 2017
This briefing analyses the Export Statistics Scotland 2015 release from the Scottish Government, providing a breakdown of exports by sector and location.

SB 17-08 Labour Market Update: February 2017

15 February 2017
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' February 2017 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 17-06 The gender pay gap – facts and figures 2016

26 January 2017
This briefing provides an overview of the gender pay gap in Scotland.

SB 17-05 Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill

25 January 2017
This briefing summarises the background to the Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill including the current Air Passenger Duty regime and key elements of the Bill as introduced.

SB 17-03i Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 3rd Quarter 2016

18 January 2017
This note gives an overview of the change in Scottish GDP by chained volume measures for the 3rd quarter of 2016. It provides a comparison with the UK and looks at how selected sectors are performing.

SB 17-02 Labour Market Update: January 2017

18 January 2017
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' January 2017 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-103 Scottish Government Draft Budget 2017-18

16 December 2016
This briefing summarises the tax and spending plans contained within the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2017-18.

SB 16-101 Labour Market Update: December 2016

14 December 2016
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' December 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland

SB 16-95 Autumn Statement 2016: impact on Scotland

24 November 2016
This briefing presents the latest Scottish spending allocations and summarises the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Scottish tax forecasts.

SB 16-94 The Living Wage: Facts and Figures

23 November 2016
This briefing provides statistics on the number of people earning less than the Living Wage in Scotland and looks at the number of Living Wage accredited employers.

SB 16-92 Earnings in Scotland 2016

18 November 2016
The Office for National Statistics released the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2016 provisional results on 26 October 2016.

SB 16-90 Labour Market Update: November 2016

16 November 2016
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' October 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-88 The Fiscal Framework

07 November 2016
This briefing explains the agreement between the Scottish Government and the United Kingdom Government on the Scottish government's fiscal framework

SB 16-86 EU nationals living in Scotland

03 November 2016
This briefing analyses the characteristics of EU nationals living in Scotland, based on the 2015 Annual Population Survey. The briefing also reviews evidence relating to the economic contribution of migrants.

SB 16-84 The social impact of the 2016-17 local government budget

31 October 2016
This briefing assesses the “social impact” of the 2016-17 local government budget by analysing how council savings plans are distributed between “Pro-Poor”, “Neutral” and “Pro-Rich” services.

SB 16-81 Labour Market Update: October 2016

19 October 2016
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' October 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-80i Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 2nd Quarter 2016

13 October 2016
This note gives an overview of the change in Scottish GDP by chained volume measures for the 2nd quarter of 2016.

SB 16-78 Options for the United Kingdom's future trading relationship with the European Union

12 October 2016
This briefing for the European and External Relations Committee outlines the options for the UK’s trading relationship with the EU after Brexit.

SB 16-77 The Economic Implications of Brexit

6 October 2016
The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) were commissioned to undertake economic modelling work to explore the long-term implications of Brexit for Scotland.

SB 16-74 Economic development and business support

23 September 2016
This subject profile provides information about current provision of business support services in Scotland.

SB 16-73 Labour Market update: September 2016

14 September 2016
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' September 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-72 Disposable Household Income in Scotland 2014

13 September 2016
This briefing looks at the Office for National Statistics' publication Regional Gross Disposable Household Income from 1997 to 2014.

SB 16-67 Labour Market Update: August 2016

17 August 2016
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' August 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-65i Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 1st Quarter 2016

20 July 2016
This note gives an overview of the change in Scottish GDP.

SB 16-64 Labour Market update: July 2016

20 July 2016
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' July 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-56 Labour Market Update: June 2016

15 June 2016
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' June 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-36 Labour Market Update: May 2016

18 May 2016
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' May 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-30 Labour Market Update: March 2016

16 March 2016
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' February 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-28 Scottish Government proposals for Council Tax reform

15 March 2016
This Briefing discusses and analyses the Scottish Government’s recent proposals to reform Council Tax, in response to the report of the Commission on Local Tax Reform.

SB 16-26 Local Government Finance: facts and figures, 1999-2017

10 March 2016
The briefing provides a range of factual information and analysis on local government finance, including the profile of the local government budget over time, council tax and non-domestic rates income and the funding of

SB 16-20 Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire since the oil price fall

26 February 2016
This briefing looks at the impact of lower oil prices on the North East’s economy.

SB 16-18 Fuel Poverty in Scotland

18 February 2016
This briefing looks at the statistics, summarises the policy measures in place and the associated levels of spending directed at tackling fuel poverty.

SB 16-17 Labour Market Update: February 2016

17 February 2016
This is a briefing on the Office for National Statistics' February 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-16 Export Statistics Scotland 2014

11 February 2016
This briefing summarises the Export Statistics Scotland 2014 release from the Scottish Government, providing a breakdown of exports by sector and location.

SB 16-15 Tax progressivity and the Scottish Rate of Income Tax

10 February 2016
The Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT) will be introduced in April 2016 and will apply equally to the three main income tax rates.

SB 16-12 Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

02 February 2016
The Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 27 January 2016. The Finance Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill.

SB 16-11 Earnings in Scotland 2015-the gender pay gap

27 January 2016
The Office for National Statistics released the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)

SB 16-07 Local Government Funding: Draft Budget 2016-17 and provisional allocations to local authorities

21 January 2016
This briefing discusses and analyses the Scottish Government’s budget for local government, and the provisional allocations to individual local authorities, for 2016-17.

SB 16-06 Labour Market Update: January 2016

20 January 2016
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' January 2016 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 16-02 How is the Scottish Economy performing?

13 January 2016
This briefing looks at how the Scottish economy is performing based on these reports.

SB 15-87 Draft Budget 2016-17: Health and Sport

21 December 2015
This briefing examines the plans set out in ‘Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2016-17’ for the health, wellbeing and sport portfolio.

SB 15-86 Scottish Government Draft Budget 2016-17

17 December 2015
An overview of Scottish Government Draft Budget 2016-17 and the Governments plans for the Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT) and the devolved taxes.

SB 15-85 Labour Market update: December 2015

16 December 2015
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' December 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-83 Scotland's Fiscal Framework

This briefing has been produced for the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee. It looks at some of the key issues relating to the fiscal framework that will accompany the Scotland Bill 2015-16.

SB 15-82 Earnings in Scotland 2015

10 December 2015
The Office for National Statistics released the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2015 provisional results on 18 November 2015.

SB 15-81 Earnings in Scotland 2015 – Living Wage statistics

10 December 2015
The Office for National Statistics released the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2015 provisional results on 18 November 2015. Using this data, this briefing provides a brief overview of people earning les

SB 15-77 Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015

4 December 2015
The UK Spending Review and Autumm Statement was published on Wednesday 25 November 2015 and presents UK spending plans for the period 2016-17 to 2019-20.

SB 15-73 Labour Market update: November 2015

A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' November 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-72 Income Tax in Scotland

30 October 2015
This briefing analyses the available statistical data on income tax in Scotland and discusses what progress has been made on the implementation of SRIT.

SB 15-67 Scottish Fiscal Commission Bill

23 October 2015
This briefing summarises the background to the Scottish Fiscal Commission Bill and key elements of the Bill as introduced. It also contains likely issues and themes for parliamentary scrutiny of the legislation.

SB 15-65 Labour Market Update October 2015

14 October 2015
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' September 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-64 How is the Scottish Economy performing?

07 October 2015
Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, is a measure of the total amount of goods and service produced. The Scottish Government produce a number of reports on GDP. This briefing looks at how the Scottish economy is performing

SB 15-58 Local Government Finance: facts and figures, 1999-2016

22 September 2015
This briefing provides information on local government finance, to help inform parliamentary debate on the local government budget and local authority allocations.

SB 15-57 Labour Market Update September 2015

18 September 2015
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' September 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-56 Labour Market Update September 2015

16 September 2015
A briefing and infographic on the Office for National Statistics September 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-52 Scotland's Economic Strategy

2 September 2015
This briefing provides an overview of Scotland’s Economic Strategy and how economic strategies have evolved since devolution

SB 15-44 Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire since the oil price fall

24 August 2015
SPICe has received a number of enquiries about the impact of lower oil prices on the North East’s economy.

SB 15-42 Labour Market Update August 2015

12 August 2015
A briefing and infographic on the Office for National Statistics' August 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-39 Labour Market Update July 2015

15 July 2015
A briefing and infographic on the Office for National Statistics' July 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-37 Disposable Household Income in Scotland 2013

09 July 2015
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' publication Regional Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI), 1997 to 2013

SB 15-34 Labour Market Update June 2015

17 June 2015
A briefing and infographic on the Office for National Statistics' June 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-26 Labour Market update: May 2015

13 May 2015
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' May 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-20 Labour Market update: April 2015

21 April 2015
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' April 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-15 Labour Market update: March 2015

19 March 2015
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' March 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-14 The Living Wage

12 March 2015
This briefing first discusses the origins of the living wage how it is calculated.

SB 15-13 Fuel Poverty in Scotland

9 March 2015
This briefing looks at the statistics on fuel poverty, the policy measures in place to tackle fuel poverty and the levels of spending directed at tackling fuel poverty.

SB 15-10 Labour Market update: February 2015

19 February 2015
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' February 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 15-09 Scotland's international exports

2 February 2015
The briefing is intended to provide background information on Scottish international exports for members of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

SB 15-08 Labour Market update: January 2015

23 January 2015
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' January 2015 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland

SB 15-04 Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill

9 January 2015
This briefing examines the Bill’s proposals, provides the legal context and looks at the financial implications. The briefing also provides a summary of the evidence received by the Finance Committee.

SB 14-91 Labour Market update: December 2014

17 December 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' December 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 14-90 Earnings in Scotland 2014

15 December 2014
The Office for National Statistics released the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2014 provisional results on 19 November 2014. Using this data this briefing provides a brief overview of earnings in Scotland

SB 14-89 Gambling in Scotland

12 December 2014
This briefing reviews surveys on gambling and betting behaviour in Scotland and analyses data on Scotland’s gambling and betting industry.

SB 14-88 Fiscal devolution: some comparative examples

1 December 2014
This briefing provides an overview of fiscal devolution in the following countries: Belgium, Australia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Canada.

SB 14-86 Why are taxes so hard to predict?

20 November 2014
This briefing considers the difficulties in forecasting tax receipts, comparing Scottish Government forecasts with those of the Office for Budget Responsibility.

SB 14-85 Local Government Funding: Draft Budget 2015-16 and provisional allocations to local authorities

14 November 2014
This briefing discusses and analyses the allocation of funds from the Scottish Government to local authorities for financial year 2015-16.

SB 14-82 Labour Market update: November 2014

12 November 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' November 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 14-74 Key issues in relation to the devolution of additional tax powers

30 October 2014
This briefing highlights what tax powers are currently devolved and sets out some of the possible considerations in relation to the devolution of further tax powers.

SB 14-73 Budget Scrutiny 2015-16

24 October 2014
This briefing is structured around the four principles of financial scrutiny identified in the scrutiny process last year, and adapted in the Guidance to subject Committees for scrutiny of Draft Budget 2015-16.

SB 14-71 Labour Market update: October 2014

16 October 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' October 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 14-70 Draft Budget 2015-16

16 October 2014
This briefing summarises the spending plans contained within the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2015-16.

SB 14-68 Draft Scottish Budget 2015-16

9 October 2014
This infographic provides an overview of Scottish Government Draft Budget 2015-16, split by portfolio

SB 14-57 Productivity

21 August 2014
This briefing provides background information on the measurement of productivity in Scotland and considers recent performance. This briefing also discusses the potential drivers of future productivity growth.

SB 14-54 Labour Market update: August 2014

14 August 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' August 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 14-51 Labour Market update: July 2014

17 July 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' July 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 14-48 Disposable Household Income in Scotland 2012

27 June 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' publication Regional Household Income, Spring 2014.

SB 14-43 Pensions

12 June 2014
This briefing summarises existing pension arrangements in Scotland and what pensions might look like in the future.

SB 14-42 Labour Market update: June 2014

12 June 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' June 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 14-34 Labour Market Update: May 2014

14 May 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' May 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 14-28 Scottish North Sea oil and gas industry

24 April 2014
This briefing is produced to assist the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee in their inquiry into Scotland’s Economic Future Post-2014.

SB 14-29 Revenue-financed investment: the size of Scotland’s PFI and NPD liability

24 April 2014
This briefing sets out a range of information on the level of revenue-financed investment in Scotland.

SB 14-27 Labour Market Update: April 2014

17 April 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' April 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 14-25 Labour Market update: March 2014

20 March 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' March 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 14-21 The currency of an independent Scotland

6 March 2014
The choice of currency is one of the biggest economic decisions that would need to be made if Scotland was independent, central to the long-term success of the Scottish economy.

SB 14-19 Labour Market February 2014 update

21 February 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics February 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 14-16 Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill

13 February 2014
The Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 12 December 2013. This briefing provides background to the Bill and summarises some of the key proposals within it.

SB 14-14 The Scottish Rate of Income Tax and Additional Rate Taxpayers

5 February 2014
This briefing looks at income tax revenues in Scotland, the potential implications of introducing a tax border within the UK creating two different tax jurisdictions and the potential responses of taxpayers to changes

SB 14-11 Scotland Act 2012: Financial Provisions

04 February 2014
This briefing summarises the financial and non-financial provisions included in the Scotland Act 2012.

SB 14-07 Scotland's economy-recent developments

23 January 2014
This briefing is produced to assist the Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee in their inquiry into Scotland’s Economic Future Post-2014.

SB 14-08 Scotland's economy-future developments

23 January 2014
This briefing aims to assist the Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee in their inquiry into Scotland’s Economic Future Post-2014.

SB 14-06 Labour Market January 2014 update

23 January 2014
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' January 2014 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland

SB 14-04 Local Government Funding: Provisional Allocations for 2014-15

15 January 2014
This briefing sets out the Scottish Government’s plans for allocating £10.6 billion to Scottish local authorities in 2014-15, including information on the timeline for final agreement of the allocations.

SB 14-01 Earnings in Scotland 2013

8 January 2014
The Office for National Statistics released the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2013 Provisional results on 12 December 2013. Using this data,this briefing provides a brief overview of earnings in Scotland

SB 13-86 Labour Market December 2013 update

19 December 2013
A briefing on the Office for National Statistics' December 2013 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland

SB 13-83 Landfill Tax (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3

Stage 3 proceedings on the Landfill Tax (Scotland) Bill are scheduled to take place on 17 December 2013. This briefing summarises the main recommendations made by the Finance Committee in its stage 1 report and the Scottish Government response.

SB 13-80 Labour Market Statistics

6 December 2013
A brief overview of Scottish, UK and international labour market statistics

SB 13-75 Labour Market November 2013 update

13 November 2013
A briefing and infographic on the Office for National Statistics' November 2013 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 13-66 A guide to Government financial assistance for businesses

21 October 2013
This guide outlines EU, UK, Scottish and local Government financial assistance available to new and existing businesses in Scotland as at October 2013

SB 13-65 Labour Market October 2013 update

16 October 2013
A briefing and infographic on the Office for National Statistics' October 2013 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 13-64 Monitoring long-term commitments: the 5% cap

9 October 2013
This briefing looks at the Scottish Government’s commitment in relation to long-term investment commitments, considers how it is defined and reviews the information available to support scrutiny of this commitment.

SB 13-63 Tax revenue estimates: a comparison of GERS and HMRC

4 October 2013
This briefing looks at two different sources of information on tax revenue estimates: GERS and HMRC and highlights the key issues in comparing these estimates.

SB 13-61 Draft Budget 2014-15: Local Government

20 September 2013
This briefing summarises the Local Government settlement in Draft Budget 2014-15, with a focus on the Local Government and Regeneration Committee’s stated remit for its scrutiny of the Draft Budget.

SB 13-60 Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Bill

19 September 2013
The Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Bill is a Scottish Government Bill. It proposes to make a number of changes the personal bankruptcy regime in Scotland.

SB 13-59 Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill: Financial Memorandum

13 September 2013
This briefing summarises the main issues relating to the Financial Memorandum accompanying the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill.

SB 13-58 Draft Scottish Budget 2014-15

13 September 2013
Draft Budget 2014-15

SB 13-56 Labour Market September 2013 update

11 September 2013
Briefing and infographic on the Office for National Statistics' September 2013 Regional Labour Market release for Scotland.

SB 13-53 Understanding Corporation Tax Modelling

4 September 2013
Given recent interest in the economic impact of a reduction in corporation tax on the Scottish economy, this paper analyses the modelling work that has been undertaken by the Scottish Government

SB 13-48 What is GDP?

27 August 2013
This factsheet provides a short guide to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), how it is measured and a review of its strengths and limitations.

SB 13-47 The Green Investment Bank

21 August 2012
This briefing for the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee sets out the development of the newly established Green Investment Bank, and describes some of its early activity.

SB 13-46 Economic Indicators – August 2013

16 August 2013
This briefing provides the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.

SB 13-45 Labour Market August 2013 update

15 August 2013
Short briefing paper on the Office for National Statistics' August 2013 Labour Market release.

SB 13-43 Labour Market July 2013 update

18 July 2013
Short briefing paper on the Office for National Statistics' July 2013 Labour Market release

SB 13-39 Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Bill-Stage 3

20 June 2013
This briefing summarises the main recommendations made by the Finance Committee in its stage 1 report and the Scottish Government response to these recommendations

SB 13-36 The Size of the Public Sector

19 June 2013
The size of the public sector can be measured in different ways. This briefing explains the different measures, provides Scottish data, shows changes over recent years and provides comparisons with the whole of the UK.

SB 13-34 Labour Market June 2013 update

13 June 2013
Short briefing paper on the Office for National Statistics' June 2013 Labour Market release.

SB 13-32 Landfill Tax (Scotland) Bill

30 May 2013
The Landfill Tax (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 17 April 2013. This briefing explains the background to the Bill and the key proposals within it.

SB 13-31 Local Government finance- facts and figures, 1999-2014

29 May 2013
This briefing has been prepared to assist the Local Government and Regeneration Committee in its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s spending plans.

SB 13-30 Labour Market May 2013 update

21 May 2013
Short briefing paper on the Office for National Statistics' May 2013 Labour Market release.

SB 13-29 The City of Edinburgh Council (Portobello Park) Bill

21 May 2013
This briefing explains the above Bill, the purpose of which is to remove a legal obstacle in order to allow the City of Edinburgh Council to use Portobello Park as the site of a new Portobello High School.

SB 13-27 Inflation

20 May 2013
This factsheet provides a short guide to inflation, how it is measured, and why and how those measures are used.

SB 13-22 Labour Market April 2013 update

18 April 2013
Short briefing paper on the Office for National Statistics April 2013 Labour Market release.

SB 13-15 Labour Market, March 2013 update

22 March 2013
Short briefing paper on the Office for National Statistics’ March 2013 Labour Market release.

SB 13-14 The Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Investment Plan: 2013 update

07 March 2013
Summary of the 2013 progress report on the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Investment Plan.

SB 13-12 Economic Indicators

26 February 2013
This briefing provides the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.

SB 13-11 Labour Market: February 2013 update

21 February 2013
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) records the ‘official’ unemployment rate along with a wide variety of other labour market statistics.

SB 13-08 Scotland Performs-January 2013 Update

6 February 2013
This briefing provides the third update on the Scottish Government’s progress against the Purpose Targets and National Indicators, set out in its National Performance Framework and the Scotland Performs website.

SB 13-06 Labour Market: January 2013 Update

25 January 2013
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) records the ‘official’ unemployment rate along with a wide variety of other labour market statistics

SB 13-02 Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Bill

18 January 2013
This briefing outlines the current SDLT regime and explains the main changes proposed by the LBTT Bill.

SB 12-75 Earnings in Scotland 2012

11 December 2012
The Office for National Statistics released the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2012 Provisional results on 22 November 2012. Using this data, this briefing provides an overview of earnings in Scotland.

SB 12-74 Local Government Funding: Provisional Allocations for 2013-14

10 December 2012
This briefing sets out the Scottish Government’s plans for allocating £9.9billion to Scottish local authorities in 2013-14, including information on the timeline for final agreement of the allocations.

SB 12-69 Unemployment – October 2012

15 November 2012
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas. Official unemployment rates from the Labour Force Survey are available by Parliamentary constituency area.

SB 12-66 Scottish Government Draft Budget 2013-14: Europe and External Affairs

26 October 2012
This short SPICe Briefing note provides information on the Europe and External Affairs element of the Scottish Government’s 2013-14 Draft Budget.

SB 12-61 Draft Budget 2013-14

21 September 2012
This briefing summarises the spending plans contained within the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2013-14. The main body of the briefing focuses on the draft spending plans for the next financial year (2013-14).

SB 12-60 Scotland Performs – September 2012 update

21 September
This briefing provides the second update on the Scottish Government’s progress against the Purpose Targets and National Indicators, set out in its National Performance Framework and the Scotland Performs website.

SB 12-59 Economic Indicators

14 September 2012
This briefing provides the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.

SB 12-58 Unemployment – August 2012

13 September 2012
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 12-57 Demographic change

11 September 2012
This briefing provides background to the Finance Committee inquiry into demographic change and population ageing.

SB 12-43 Unemployment-May 2012

20 June 2012
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 12-40 Scotland Performs – June 2012 update

12 June 2012
This briefing provides an update on the Scottish Government’s progress against the Purpose Targets and National Indicators, set out in its National Performance Framework and the Scotland Performs website.

SB 12-33 Unemployment - April 2012

16 May 2012
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 12-31 The Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties Etc.) (Scotland) Bill

3 May 2012
This briefing covers the Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill. It outlines the three main provisions, explaining the current position, the proposed changes and their anticipated cost.

SB 12-29 Economic Indicators

24 April 2012
This briefing provides the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy

SB 12-27 Unemployment – March 2012

18 April 2012
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 12-23 Public Procurement in Scotland

27 March 2012
This briefing explains the EU rules governing public procurement and how they operate in Scotland

SB 12-22 Scottish tax forecasts – March 2012

This briefing provides some background information on the role of the Office for Budget Responsibility in forecasting Scottish tax receipts and provides an initial analysis of the first forecasts.

SB 12-20 Youth Unemployment: Policy

12 April 2012
This briefing examines in detail the various policies, strategies and interventions, at a Scottish level, aimed at improving youth employment in Scotland.

SB 12-19 Youth unemployment: key facts

23 March 2012
This briefing looks at the scale and nature of youth unemployment in Scotland as well as reviewing research that considers its longer-term impacts.

SB 12-17 Unemployment - February 2012

14 March 2012
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 12-16 Enterprise Areas

29 February 2012
This briefing outlines the origins of Enterprise Zones in the UK and summarises evidence in relation to their success. Furthermore, it looks at the criticisms of Enterprise Zones and lessons for the future

SB 12-15 Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill: Financial Memorandum

20 February 2012
This paper summarises some of the main financial issues Parliament may wish to consider during scrutiny of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill.

SB 12-13 Unemployment - January 2012

15 February 2012
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 12-12 The National Performance Framework and Scotland Performs

7 February 2012
This briefing focuses on the National Performance Framework and Scotland Performs, the Scottish Government’s outcomes-based system of measuring and reporting on its performance.

SB 12-07 Fuel Poverty

25 January 2012
This briefing looks at the statistics on fuel poverty, the policy measures in place to tackle fuel poverty and the levels of spending directed at fuel poverty.

SB 12-06 Local Government Allocations 2012-13 to 2014-15

25 January 2012
This briefing sets out the Scottish Government’s plans for allocating £11.5 billion to Scottish local authorities in 2012-13 (£34.6 billion over the three years to 2014-15).

SB 12-04 Economic Indicators - January

19 January 2012
This briefing provides the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy

SB 12-03 Unemployment – December 2011

18 January 2012
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas

SB 11-89 Higher Education: Tuition fees and the ‘funding gap’

22 December 2011
This briefing provides information on the current and future arrangements for tuition fees in Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as a discussion of the ‘funding gap’ debate.

SB11-87 Unemployment - November 2011

14 December 2011
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 11-86 The Infrastructure Investment Plan 2011

14 December 2011
This briefing analyses the Scottish Government’s 2011 Infrastructure Investment Plan.

SB 11-81 Unemployment - October 2011

17 November 2011
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 11-76 Unemployment – September 2011

14 October 2011
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 11-75 Public Finance: A glossary of terms

13 October 2011
This briefing has been produced for new members of the Finance Committee, and MSPs generally wishing to familiarise themselves with commonly used public finance terminology.

SB 11-74 Guide to the Scottish Budget – Subject Profile

11 October 2011
This briefing describes the principles and processes underpinning the Scottish Budget.

SB 11-72 Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13

23 September 2011
This briefing summarises the broad trends in the Scottish Government‘s spending plans for 2012-15.

SB 11-68 Unemployment – August 2011

14 September 2011
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 11-67 Corporation tax

14 September 2011
This briefing looks at why a Government charges corporation tax, why it may vary corporation tax and the potential benefits and challenges of corporation tax being devolved.

SB 11-66 The Government Economic Strategy

14 September 2011
The Scottish Government published a revised Economic Strategy on 12 September 2011. This short briefing summarises the main areas of activity outlined in the new strategy.

SB 11-65 Impact of the Scottish Government pay freeze

9 September 2011
This briefing analyses the impact of the Scottish Government pay freeze on different groups within the public sector workforce.

SB 11-64 Economic Indicators - September

8 September 2011
This briefing provides the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.

SB 11-63 Alternatives to GDP

7 September 2011
This briefing looks at the uses and limitations of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of economic activity and as a measure of broader progress and wellbeing of society.

SB 11-61 Health Finance

25 August 2011
Health spending accounts for a third of the total Scottish budget. This paper looks at how this money is allocated, discusses some of the main areas of spending and considers the main cost pressures facing the NHS in Scotland

SB 11-52 The Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services briefing

7 July 2011
This briefing provides background to the establishment of the Commission, a summary of its main conclusions and recommendations, and outlines some initial reaction to the report.

SB 11-42 Unemployment - May 2011 briefing

16 June 2011
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 11-38 The Economic Development Landscape in Scotland briefing

10 June 2011
This briefing provides a brief overview of the recent changes in relation to the economic development landscape in Scotland, looking specifically at the 2007 reforms.

SB 11-37 Borrowing Powers briefing

8 June 2011
This briefing looks at why a Government borrows, what types of borrowing are undertaken, the situation in Scotland and provides information on borrowing powers in other jurisdictions including Northern Ireland and Wales.

SB 11-33 Economic Indicators briefing

23 May 2011
This briefing provides the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.

SB 11-32 Unemployment - April 2011 briefing

18 May 2011
This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 11-27 Unemployment - February 2011 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 11-13 Unemployment - January 2011 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 11-10 Economic Indicators briefing

This briefing provides the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.

SB 11-04 Unemployment - December 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Local Government Finance Allocations 2011-12 (Provisional) briefing

This paper details the provisional local government finance allocations for 2011-12.

Unemployment - November 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 10-89 Draft Budget 2011-12: Health and Sport briefing

2 December 2010
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s ‘Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2011-12

Size of the Public Sector briefing

Public expenditure, government consumption and the public sector comprise a larger share of the economy in Scotland than in the rest of the UK.

Unemployment - October 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Draft Budget 2011-12 briefing

This briefing summarises the broad trends in the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2011-12.

Economic Indicators - November 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.

Impact of International Expenditure briefing

The aim of this briefing is to provide an analysis of the impact of the international spend activities of the Scottish Government and other public sector organisations.

UK Comprehensive Spending Review: Impact on Scottish Budget briefing

The UK Comprehensive Spending Review was announced on 20 October 2010 and presented UK budgets for the period 2011-2015. This briefing presents the Scottish figures for this period.

Unemployment - September 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Spending implications of demographic change briefing

The aim of this report is to address how is the Scottish population expected to change in next decades and what can be done now to ensure that public spending is effectively managed in years to come.

Unemployment – August 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Preventative Spend - Literature Review briefing

To inform its inquiry into preventative spending, the Finance Committee asked the FSU to “produce a briefing outlining briefly the theoretical debate on preventative spending and setting out key examples

Mapping the Economy - August 2010 briefing

This briefing maps the latest data for a selection of indicators from which trends within the Scottish economy can be identified.

Unemployment - July 2010 briefing

This briefing maps the latest data for a selection of indicators from which trends within the Scottish economy can be identified

Economic Indicators - July 2010 briefing

This briefing provides a selection of indicators on aspects of the Scottish economy.

Unemployment - June 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Tracking the Scottish Budget briefing

The aim of this paper is to help explain how the Scottish Budget is currently presented, and to highlight areas where the presentation of budgetary information is continuing to develop.

Unemployment - May 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

International Expenditure briefing

At its meeting on 23 February 2010 the European and External Relations Committee agreed its outline remit for the international engagement inquiry.

Mapping the Economy - June 2010 briefing

This briefing maps the latest data for a selection of indicators from which trends within the Scottish economy can be identified.

Budget changes 2010-11 briefing

On 24 May 2010, the Chancellor and Chief Secretary to the Treasury set out details of how the UK Government would reduce UK spending by £6bn during the current financial year (2010-11). This briefing presents the Scottish share of the reduction.

Unemployment - April 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Economic Indicators - April 2010 briefing

This briefing provides a selection of indicators on aspects of the Scottish economy.

Unemployment - March 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

UK Budget 2010 briefing

This year’s UK budget took place just six weeks ahead of the expected date of the UK General Election and in the context of the 2009 Pre-Budget Report commitment to halving the budget deficit over the next four years.

Unemployment - February 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 briefing

Stage 3 proceedings on the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill are scheduled to take place on 25 March 2010. This briefing considers a number of key Stage 2 amendments.

Mapping the Recession - February 2010 briefing

This briefing maps the latest data for a selection of indicators from which trends within the Scottish economy can be identified.

Unemployment - January 2010 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

SB 10-14 Forth Replacement Crossing Analysis of Costs briefing

18 February 2010
The Forth Replacement Crossing project is expected to be the biggest single investment by the Scottish Government since devolution, with an outturn cost in 2016 estimated to be in the range £1.72 billion to £2.34 billion.

Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2010 briefing

The ‘Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2010’ details the revenue allocations and distributable amount of non-domestic rate income to Scottish local authorities for 2010-11.

Economic Indicators - January 2010 briefing

This briefing provides a selection of indicators on aspects of the Scottish economy.

Unemployment - December 2009 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Unemployment - November 2009 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Scottish Government's Economic Recovery Plan briefing

In response to the onset of recession, the Scottish Government announced an Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) in October 2008. It reports that the ERP is supporting 15,000 jobs.

Pre-Budget Report 2009 briefing

This briefing notes the effect of the UK Pre-Budget Report on the Scottish Government’s Budget.

Local Government Finance Allocations 2010-11 (Provisional) briefing

This paper details the provisional local government finance allocations for 2010-11. The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney MSP, announced the allocations to the Scottish Parliament on 26 November 2009.

Unemployment - October 2009 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Economic Indicators - November 2009 briefing

This briefing provides a selection of indicators on aspects of the Scottish economy.

Draft Budget 2011-12: Justice briefing

The briefing has been prepared to assist the Justice Committee in its consideration of the Scottish Government's draft budget for 2011-12.

Draft Budget 2010-11: Local Government and Communities briefing

The Scottish Government published the Draft Budget for 2010-11(Scottish Government 2009a) on Thursday 17 September. This paper provides an overview of the local government, housing and regeneration budgets proposed for 2010-11.

SB 09-67 Draft Budget 2010-11: Health and Sport briefing

25 September 2009
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s ‘Draft Budget 2010-11’.

Draft Budget 2010-11: Justice briefing

This paper has been prepared to assist the Justice Committee in looking at the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2010/11.

Draft Budget 2010-11 briefing

This briefing summarises the broad trends in the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2010-11.

Unemployment - August 2009 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Financial Services Sector in Scotland briefing

This briefing provides background material for the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee inquiry into the way forward for the banking, building society and financial services sector in Scotland.

Mapping the Recession - September 2009 briefing

This briefing maps the latest data for a selection of indicators from which trends within the Scottish economy can be identified.

Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: Finance Committee Scrutiny briefing

The Scottish Government introduced the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill in the Parliament on 28 May 2009.

Economic Indicators - August 2009 briefing

This briefing provides a selection of indicators on aspects of the Scottish economy.

Unemployment - July 2009 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Debt briefing

This briefing is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of personal debt.

Mapping the Recession - May 2009 briefing

This briefing maps the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.

Unemployment - May 2009 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Unemployment - April 2009 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Impact of Recession on Scotland's Public Finances briefing

On 22 April 2009, the same day as the Chancellor presented the 2009 UK Budget to Parliament, official statistics confirmed that Scotland had officially entered recession.

UK Budget 2009 briefing

This year’s UK budget took place against a backdrop of a global economic and financial crisis. On the day of the UK Budget (22 April 2009) official statistics confirmed that Scotland had officially entered recession.

Personal Debt, Bankruptcy and Homes briefing

Since 2007 Scotland, in common with much of the rest of the world, has been in the grip of a ‘credit crunch’, ie a sudden, severe and prolonged reduction in the availability of loans affecting all areas of the economy.

Economic Indicators - April 2009 briefing

This briefing provides the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.

Unemployment - March 2009 briefing

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas.

Local Government Capital Allocations 2009-10 briefing

This paper provides an overview of the capital allocations to Scottish local authorities for 2009-10. The Scottish Parliament approved revenue allocations to local authorities on 11 February 2009.

Economic Indicators - February 2009 briefing

This briefing provides a selection of indicators on aspects of the Scottish economy. The indicators include:economic growth (Gross Value Added); the labour market; the housing market; UK inflation, interest and exchange rates; and retail sales.

The Size of the Public Sector briefing

On most measures the public sector comprises a larger share of the economy in Scotland than in the rest of the UK. The size of the public sector can be measured in different ways. This briefing provides Scottish data and comparisons with the UK.

Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009 briefing

This paper provides an overview of the revenue allocations to Scottish local authorities for 2009-10 as set out in the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009.

Local Government Finance Statistics briefing

This paper provides a range of local government finance statistics covering local government revenue funding, capital funding, non-domestic rate income and council tax.

Pre-Budget Report 2008 briefing

This briefing has been prepared for the Scottish Government debate on the “Scottish Government’s response to the Pre-Budget Report”. It notes some of the effects of the 2008 Pre-Budget Report on Scotland.

Economic Indicators - November 2008 briefing

This briefing provides a selection of indicators on aspects of the Scottish economy. The indicators include: economic growth (Gross Value Added); the labour market; the housing market; UK inflation, interest and exchange rates; retail sales.

Draft Budget 2009-10: Economy, Energy & Tourism briefing

The purpose of this briefing paper is to provide a summary of the broad trends in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 relating to Economy, Energy and Tourism.

Draft Budget 2009-10: Local Government and Communities briefing

This paper provides an overview of the budget proposals for the local government, housing, regeneration and wellbeing budget lines set out in the Draft Budget 2009-10.

Draft Budget 2009-10: Health and Sport briefing

This briefing considers the health and sport elements of the Health and Wellbeing portfolio of the Scottish Government’s ‘Draft Budget 2009-10’.

Draft Budget 2009/10: Justice briefing

This briefing has been prepared to assist the Justice Committee in looking at the Scottish Government's draft budget for 2009/10.

Draft Budget 2009-10 briefing

This briefing summarises broad trends in the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2009-10. More detailed presentation of the budget numbers can be found in the accompanying spreadsheets.

Single Outcome Agreements briefing

This briefing provides an overview of the Single Outcome Agreements which have been signed between the Scottish Government and local authorities over the summer.

Public Audit Structures in the UK briefing

This briefing compares and contrasts the public audit structures in Scotland with those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, primarily focusing on the governance structure of the respective Auditors General and Audit Offices.

Economic Indicators - August 2008 briefing

This briefing provides a selection of indicators on aspects of the Scottish economy.

Impact of the Credit Crunch on the Scottish Economy and the Scottish Housing Market briefing

This briefing outlines the origin and global nature of the current credit crunch and assesses the impact on the Scottish economy to date with particular reference to the housing market.

Economic Indicators - May 2008 briefing

This briefing provides a selection of indicators on some aspects of the Scottish economy.

Comparative Budget Processes briefing

This briefing has been written to assist the Finance Committee and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee who are currently undergoing a review of the Scottish Budget Process.

Key Economic Indicators briefings - February 2008

This quarterly briefing provides a selection of indicators on different aspects of the Scottish economy.

Local Government Financial Settlement 2008-11 briefing

This paper provides an overview of the local government settlement within the context of the overall Spending Review and then outlines the capital and revenue allocations to individual local authorities.

Productivity briefing

This briefing provides background on productivity and its measurement, facts and figures on productivity in Scotland and elsewhere.

Education and Lifelong Learning Spending Review 2007 briefing

This briefing gives an overview of the budget for Education and Lifelong Learning as published within the Scottish Budget Spending Review on 14 November 2007.

Key Economic Indicators briefing - November 2007

This quarterly briefing provides a selection of indicators on different aspects of the Scottish economy.

Spending Review 2007: Health briefing

This briefing will consider the Health element of the Health and Wellbeing portfolio in the Scottish Government’s ‘Budget Spending Review 2007’. As well as detailing the Health budget and proposed spend between 2008-09 and 2010-11.

Spending Review 2007: Local Government and Communities briefing

This paper provides an overview of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget for 2008-09 following the Spending Review and considers the budget settlement as it impacts upon the remit of the Local Government and Communities Committee.

Spending Review 2007 briefing

This briefing summarises broad trends in the Scottish Government Budget Spending Review 2007.

Key Economic Indicators briefing - August 2007

This quarterly briefing provides a selection of indicators on different aspects of the Scottish economy.

Economic Development - Subject Profile briefing

This briefing describes the legislative framework governing economic development in Scotland, provides figures for key indicators, lists the key stakeholders and describes current European, UK and Scottish government policies.

Guide to the Scottish Budget - Subject Profile briefing

This briefing is intended to assist new Members and others in understanding the principles and processes underpinning the Scottish Budget.

Public Finance: A Glossary of Terms briefing

This briefing has been produced for new members of the Finance Committee, and MSPs generally wishing to familiarise themselves with commonly used public finance terminology.

Key Economic Indicators briefing - May 2007

This quarterly briefing provides a selection of indicators on different aspects of the Scottish economy.

Briefings on digital hub

Person reading research briefing on tablet

You'll find all SPICe Briefings published from April 2017 onwards on our digital hub