The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee will consider elements of the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2021-22 that relate to its remit.
All Scottish Parliament committees undertake pre-budget scrutiny of the draft budget which is subsequently published later in the calendar year.
The purpose of pre-budget scrutiny is for the committees to provide comment to the Scottish Government on the delivery, impact, and funding of existing policy priorities and any proposed changes, and how these should be funded.
The aim is to influence the budget when priorities are being set.
In considering the Scottish Government’s 2021-22 draft Budget, the Committee agreed to undertake a wider inquiry to establish the principles that should underpin a green recovery, to identify key actions for change, immediate priorities, potential barriers to implementation and the governance arrangements needed to deliver this.
The Committee agreed that the 2021-22 Budget should outline the immediate focus and priorities of the Scottish Government as it sets a pathway for green recovery. It agreed to look at how the 2021-22 Budget could support a green and sustainable recovery and avoid locking in carbon; and what funding was needed in this portfolio to deliver a green and sustainable recovery.
The Committee took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, as one panel, at its meeting on 6 October 2020.
The Committee reported on its recommendations on 8 November 2020. Read the report:
The Committee reported on its recommendations on green recovery on 8 November 2020. Read the report:
Joint Budget Working Group
As a result of the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019, future Climate Change Plans will be required to include estimates of the costs and benefits of policies to reduce emissions.
During Stage 2 of the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill, the Government committed to working with the Parliament and stakeholders to review the current processes and outputs around budget information as it relates to climate change (Official Report, 18 June 2019, column 54).
Correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, 2 November 2020. Read the letter: