Fiscal sustainability: Demographic changes and ageing population
At its meeting on 28 September 2011 the Committee agreed to conduct a series of round tables within the overarching theme of fiscal sustainability. Sessions were held on the following key themes:
Demographic change: Wednesday 11 January 2012
Official Report of Meeting 11 January 2012
Inequalities and socio-economic deprivation: Wednesday 18 January 2012
Official Report: Finance Committee, 18 January 2012
Universal services: Wednesday 25 January 2012
Official Report: Finance Committee, 25 January 2012
Additional funding: Wednesday 1 February 2012
Official Report: Finance Committee, 1 February 2012
A summary of the evidence can be found here:
A background briefing from the Committee's adviser, Professor David Bell, can be found here:
As well as the round table discussion on demography, the importance of this issue has been highlighted in other evidence considered by the Committee. For example, the Office for Budget Responsibility in its fiscal sustainability paper of 2011 stated ‘demographic change is a key source of long-term pressure on the public finances’.
The Committee has agreed to take forward an inquiry into the impact of demographic change on the public finances and what planning the Scottish Government and other public bodies should be carrying out now to address the challenges faced by an ageing population. It will consider its approach to this inquiry before the summer recess.
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