Scrutiny of Draft Budget 2017-18

The impact of budget reductions on council services will be scrutinised by the Committee as part of its annual budget examination.

The Committee is also looking at the Scottish Government’s target to build 50,000 affordable new homes over the next five years. The Government has committed to 35,000 of those being available for social rent.

 

Evidence

Call for Written Evidence

The Committee has today (Monday 19 September 2016) launched a call for written evidence from all interested parties as part of its scrutiny of the Scottish Government's draft budget 2017-18. It is anticipated that the Scottish Government's draft budget will not be published until later this year. The Committee has therefore agreed to undertake pre-budget scrutiny looking back at what has actually been spent in 2015-16 and (to the extent possible) in the current budget year 2016-17.

Organisations and individuals are therefore invited to submit written evidence to the Committee setting out their views on local government and housing supply budgets. You may not wish respond to all of the questions posed, but it would be helpful if you could reference the relevant question in your written response.

The written evidence received will then be used to inform oral evidence taken from stakeholders in November (see below) and then from the Scottish Government in early 2017.

Read the call for written evidence.

Written Submissions

Read the written submissions received.

Timetable

The Committee took evidence from key stakeholders on the following dates:

Wednesday 9 November 2016: Local Government Budget

  • George Black, Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde; Professor Richard Kerley, Professor of Management, Queen Margaret University; Cllr Michael Cook, Vice President and Vicki Bibby, Chief Officer, Local Government Finance, COSLA; Eileen Howat, Chief Executive, South Ayrshire Council, SOLACE Scotland; Cllr Frank McAveety, Leader, Glasgow City Council, Morag Johnston, Executive Director of Financial Services, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Local Government Partnership; Kirsty Flanagan, Head of Strategic Finance, Argyll and Bute Council; Alan Russell, Director of Finance and Resources, Renfrewshire Council.

Wednesday 16 November 2016: Housing Supply Budget

The Committee took evidence from the Scottish Government on the following date:

Wednesday 21 December 2016: Scottish Government

  • Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, Caroline Dicks, Head of Affordable Housing, Angus Macleod, Head of Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland Unit, and Barry Stalker, Spending Review Team Leader, Scottish Government.

and then from-

SPICe Briefing on the Budget Bill 2017: Implications for Local Government Budget and Local Authority Allocations

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has produced a briefing on the Budget Bill 2017 and the implications for local government budget and local authority allocations. The briefing can be found at:

Committee Report

The Committee published its report to the Finance and Constitution Committee on 27 January 2017:

Scottish Government Response

The Scottish Government responded to the Committee's report on 9 March 2017: