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.
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 It is anticipated that the Scottish Government's draft budget will not be published until later this year.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.
Read the written submissions received.
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
- Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland; Mary Taylor, Chief Executive, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; David Bookbinder, Director, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations; Tony Cain, Policy Manager, Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers; Fraser Stewart, Director, New Gorbals Housing Association; Julia Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Horizon Housing Association; Professor Kenneth Gibb, Director, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow.
- SPICe Summary of Evidence: Housing Supply Budget (178KB pdf)
- Supplementary Written Submission from Homes for Scotland (45KB pdf)
- Link to Official Report of meeting on 16 November 2016
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-
- Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, John Nicholson, Deputy Director for Financial Scrutiny and Outcomes, Douglas McLaren, Head of Local Taxation, Local Government Finance, Local Taxation Policy and Business Rates Unit, and Bill Stitt, Assistant Team Leader (Revenue), Local Government Finance, Local Taxation Policy and Business Rates Unit, Scottish Government.
- Supplementary Written Submission from the Scottish Government of 21 December 2016 (30KB pdf)
- Supplementary Written Submission from the Scottish Government of 10 January 2017 (81KB pdf)
- Supplementary Written Submission from the Scottish Government of 31 January 2017 (352KB pdf)
- Link to Official Report of meeting on 21 December 2016
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:
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: