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Finance and Public Administration Committee


Framework for the Resource Spending Review

Background

The Scottish Government has published a ‘consultative framework document’ on its forthcoming Scottish Resource Spending Review.

Resource Spending is the spending on day-to-day running costs of government programmes and administration. The purpose of a Resource Spending Review is to set out spending plans for the remainder of the parliamentary term which support the Scottish Government's ambitions (these plans will cover from 2023-24 to 2026-27).

The document was published alongside the Scottish Budget and the Medium-Term Financial Strategy on 9 December 2021.

The Government says the Resource Spending Review will build on the Capital Spending Review that was published earlier this year. According to its consultation document, these two spending reviews will together give a comprehensive picture of Scotland’s multi-year public spending plans.

The Government also says it will need to decide what to prioritise and how to deliver its services. To do this effectively, it plans to focus on its core priorities:

  • to support progress towards meeting our child poverty targets
  • to address climate change, and, underpinning these
  • to secure a stronger, fairer, greener economy

Timescale for the Spending Review consultation

This is the Scottish Government’s first resource spending review since 2011. The Scottish Government had previously agreed to set out a framework when proceeding with a spending review.

The consultation on the framework will run until 27 March 2022.The Scottish Government will then publish its review in May 2022.

The Committee has agreed it will carry out a short, focussed inquiry, to inform its response to the Scottish Government consultation.


Correspondence

Timetable

December/January 2022

Call for evidence

February 2022

The Committee will hear oral evidence

March 2022

The Committee will publish its response to the Scottish Government’s framework consultation


Your views

The Committee is keen to hear a wide range of views to help inform its inquiry. The key questions that it would like to hear views on are

  1. How clearly does the framework set out the Scottish Government’s priorities for the resource spending review?
  2. What should be the overarching priorities in the resource spending review and how adequately are these currently covered in the framework?
  3. Does the framework properly reflect the current economic and political context?
  4. How does the framework approach cross-cutting issues, long-term challenges such as demographic trends, and preventative approaches?
  5. How well do the priorities in the framework link in with National Performance Framework outcomes?

Share your views


Written Submissions

The Committee received 15 submissions to its call for views. 8 submissions were received and can be read on Citizen Space. 7 submissions were received via email and are reproduced below:

Written submission from the Scottish Retail Consortium (76KB pdf, posted 3 February 2022)
Written submission from Bord na Gaidhlig (148KB pdf, posted 3 February 2022)
Written submission from Colleges Scotland (77KB pdf, posted 3 February 2022)
Written submission from David Heald (135KB pdf, posted 3 February 2022)
Written submission from Children in Scotland (92KB pdf, posted 3 February 2022)
Written submission from COSLA (70KB pdf, posted 3 February 2022)
Written submission from the Public Audit Committee (84KB pdf, posted 18 February 2022)


SPICe Summary of Evidence

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has produced a summary of the written submissions received to the Committee's call for views. You can read the summary below:

SPICe summary of evidence (255KB pdf, posted 22 February 2022)


Oral Evidence

The Committee took evidence on the following dates:

Tuesday 8 March 2022

The Committee took evidence from:

Emma Congreve, Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Fraser of Allander Institute
Professor David Heald, Professor of Public Sector Accounting, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Committee papers

Papers for meeting on 8 March 2022

Official Report (substantially verbatim transcript)

Official Report of meeting on 8 March 2022

Tuesday 1 March 2022

The Committee took evidence from:

Mirren Kelly, Chief Officer, Local Government Finance, COSLA
Eileen Rowand, Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Services, Fife Council, CIPFA Directors of Finance

and then from:

Paul Bradley, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
David Melhuish, Director, Scottish Property Federation
Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland

Committee papers

Papers for meeting on 1 March 2022

Official Report (substantially verbatim transcript)

Official Report of meeting on 1 March 2022


Committee Response

The Committee's response to the Scottish Government's framework consultation was published on 25 March 2022. The response can be viewed at the following link:

Finance and Public Administration Committee's 4th Report 2022: Investing in Scotland's Future: Resource Spending Review Framework

The Scottish Government responded to the Committee's report on 1 June 2022:



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