A main part of an MSP’s role is to inspect and analyse Scottish Government spending. They do this as part of their job:
- in committee
- in the Chamber
- representing their constituency or region
The Financial Scrutiny Unit (FSU) works within SPICe. It gives independent analysis and support to Parliament committees and to MSPs. It advises on budgets and issues that affect the Scottish Government and Parliament. This includes:
- costs of specific spending proposals
- providing research on all areas of the economy and public finances
- helps MSPs scrutinise the budget effectively
- produces financial costs and analysis
- provides economic information and analysis
The FSU produces briefings and blogs on a range of areas such as:
- the economy
- local government
The FSU also produce other resources and tools to help Members and committees with financial scrutiny.
Latest Scottish budget and associated data
The Scottish Government will publish its budget proposals for the next financial year, 2023-24, on 15 December 2022. This page will be updated with further information and links to SPICe research work as the budget process goes through the Parliament.
Scottish Government budget documents
- Scottish Government budget (visit Scottish Government website) – all budget documents and associated documents can be accessed here
- Scottish Budget 2023-24: supporting documents (including Level 4 information) (visit Scottish Government website)
SPICe research work on the budget
- Winter has come: what to look out for in this week’s Scottish budget
- Scottish Budget 2023-24: Pulling the income tax lever
- Scottish Budget 2023-24: Taxes Infographic
- Scottish Budget 2023-24: Infographic
- SPICe Budget Spreadsheets – levels 1 to 3, in cash and real terms (Link to accessible Excel Workbook)
Updated 17 January 2023
- Scottish Budget 2023-24 – detailed briefing on the Budget
- Local government finance: Budget 2023-24 and provisional allocations to local authorities
- The three golden rules? Mainstreaming transparency, participation and accountability in the Scottish Budget
- Budget Bingo – common themes in Committees’ pre-budget scrutiny
- Why is Scotland spending an additional £1 billion on social security?
- Transparency and the Scottish Budget
- Budget transparency: Data
Barnett consequentials and other funding changes
UK Government budget announcements affect the Scottish budget. The UK Government may make changes on spending in areas that are devolved in Scotland. This can mean more funding is allocated to Scotland via consequentials. The Barnett formula calculates these resulting consequentials. These are based on Scotland’s population share of changes to UK Government spending in areas that are devolved in Scotland.
Older data is available on request from SPICe.
SPICe budget tools – views welcome
In previous years, the Financial Scrutiny Unit and Data Visualisation Team have developed two interactive tools on the Scottish Government’s budget. You can find these tools on the archive parliament website. We are now looking to redevelop these tools and would welcome any feedback from users. Please contact SPICe with your views.