Draft Budget Scrutiny 2018-19


Draft Budget Scrutiny 2018-19

The Equalities and Human Rights Committee will be considering the Scottish Government’s budget for the financial year 2018 – 2019. We’d like to hear from people about the impact of budgetary decisions on the protection and advancement of equalities and human rights.


In previous years, Committee budget reports have been prepared following the Draft Budget. This year the Committee is taking a different approach and publishing its report in advance of the Draft Budget. Given that there is likely to be limited time following the budget publication in future years, the Committee has agreed to prepare its main budget report in advance of the budget publication. In taking this approach, the budget report will not be commenting on budget allocations but will seek to inform budget decisions in advance of these allocations being announced.

What we need your help with


It would be helpful to know—

Do you consider that the Scottish Government’s Budget for 2017-18 reflected its stated priorities (as set out in the National Performance Framework

  • If not, how could the budget be adjusted to better reflect priorities?

If additional resources become available for the 2018-19 budget, how could these be most effectively deployed?

  • What evidence supports your views?

If further savings are required to be identified in the 2018-19 budget, where should these be found?

  • What evidence supports your views?

Is sufficient information available to support scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s budget on the protection and advancement of equalities and human rights?

  • If not, what additional information would help support budget scrutiny?

What impact has the 2017-18 budget had on supporting the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which is to—

  • "Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other prohibited conduct
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not."

Also, you may wish to cover in your response the new tax and social security powers devolved to Scotland.

Submissions Received

Responses from local authorities

Supplementary Evidence

Committee Report

The Committee published the report of its findings and recommendation on Sunday 10 December 2017-

Government Response

The Scottish Government responded to the Committee's report on 25 January 2018-


Equalities and Human Rights Committee sent letters to all Local Authorities in Scotland on budgeting and equalities and human rights levers.

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