Covid-19: Implications for public finances in Scotland

 

Covid-19: Implications for public finances in Scotland

The briefing paper breaks down the £5.3 billion announced by the Scottish Government up to the end of July 2020 to tackle the impact of coronavirus. And it highlights the extra risks posed to the public finances by the pandemic.
Stephen Boyle, the Auditor General for Scotland, said:

 

"The scale of the financial response to Covid-19 has been significant, and the Scottish Government has made a good start to ensuring its spending is transparent. It must continue doing so.
The unpredictable nature of the pandemic means more of the Scottish budget may need to be repriortised in the future to respond to Covid-19.  And that means the Scottish Government and its partners need to be clear about which services are essential to delivering on national priorities"..

Covid-19: Implications for public finances in Scotland

Oral evidence session 27 August 2020

The Committee took evidence from the Auditor General for Scotland and Audit Scotland.

Please read the Official Report of 27 August 2020

Meeting papers for 27 August 2020.

Minutes for 27 August 2020

Correspondence and follow-up

Letter from Acting Convener to Auditor General for Scotland (99KB pdf)

Letter from Acting Convener to Interim Chair of Accounts Commission (99KB pdf)

Letter from Acting Convener to Committee Conveners, 22 September 2020 (95KB pdf) 

Joint letter from the Auditor General for Scotland and Accounts Commission to Acting Convener, 7 October 2020 (89KB pdf)

Additional Information from Audit Scotland to Acting Convener, 9 October 2020 (152KB pdf)

 

 Committee correspondence

Letter from Convener of Economy, Energy and Fairwork Committee to Acting Convener, 6 October 2020 (140KB pdf)

Letter from Convener of Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee to Acting Convener, 9 October 2020 (118KB pdf)

Correspondence from Clerk of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to Clerk of PAPLS, 23 October 2020 (26KB pdf)

 
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