Scrutiny of Draft Budget 2018-19


About the Inquiry

As part of its scrutiny of the Scottish Government's 2018-19 draft budget, the Committee will look at how local authorities prioritise spending and access the impact of increased charges. The Committee will also explore the ways local government finances evolve over time.

Some of the key questions the Committee will be asking include:

  • How is spending prioritised and are resources managed effectively in local government?
  • How are national policies impacting on local government spending?
  • How transparent is the local government financial settlement?
  • How are fees and charges being used, and how are decisions made on which services are affected?


Call for Written Evidence

The Committee has today, Thursday 14 September 2017, launched a call for written evidence from all interested parties and individuals as part of its scrutiny of the Scottish Government's draft budget 2018-19. It is anticipated that the budget will be published later this year therefore the Committee has agreed to undertake pre-budget scrutiny looking back at what has actually been spent in 2016-17 and (to the extent possible) 2017-18.

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 to respond to all the questions posed, but it would be helpful if you could reference the relevant question in your written respose.

The written evidence will then be used to inform oral evidence taken from stakeholders and then from the Scottish Government.

Read the call for written evidence.

Written Submissions

The following written submissions were received:

Read the written submissions received.

Summary of Written Submissions

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has produced a summary of the written submissions received. This can be found at the following link:


The Convener wrote to the Minister for Local Government and Housing on 11 September 2017 in relation to transparency of the local government draft budget:

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution replied to the Convener's letter on 5 October 2017: