The Scottish Government's draft budget for 2013-14 can be found below.
The normal timetable for budget scrutiny follows on from this:
- Mid-November - subject committees report to the Finance Committee
- Early December - Finance Committee publishes report on draft budget
- Week prior to Christmas recess - debate on Finance Committee report
- by 20 January - Scottish Government publishes budget bill
- End of January - Stage 1 debate
- Prior to February recess - Stage 2 and Stage 3
In its Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13 the Scottish Government stated that:
"The decisions taken within this Budget have been shaped by the Scottish Government's Purpose of creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. Our budget supports job creation."
The Committee has agreed to focus its scrutiny of the draft budget 2013-14 on whether spending decisions align with the Scottish Government's overarching Purpose of increasing sustainable economic growth.
The Finance Committee's call for evidence has now closed.
Read the Committee's call for evidence
Local Government and Regeneration Committee call for evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2013/14.
The Local Government and Regeneration Committee has launched its call for evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2013/14. This year, the Committee will focus its scrutiny on the Government’s regeneration strategy. To make a contribution to the Committee’s scrutiny please see the call for evidence. The closing date for receipt of submissions was 1 October 2012.
The Finance Committee's Budget Adviser is Professor David Bell.
The Committee has written agreements with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the Scottish Commission for Public Audit on the budget process.
Subject Committee guidance
To assist in their own scrutiny of the draft budget, the Committee has issued the following guidance to subject committees:
The briefing on the draft budget 2013-14 by the Committee's budget adviser, Professor David Bell, can be found below:
The link to the briefing on the draft budget 2013-14 by the Financial Scrutiny Unit can be found below:
A letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth to the Convener on the FSU briefing can be found below:
A briefing by Professor John Kay for the Committee's meeting on 24 October 2012 can be found below:
The briefings of the Autumn Budget Revision 2013-14 by the Financial Scrutiny Unit and the Scottish Government can be found below:
- Autumn Budget Revision 2013-14, Financial Scrutiny Unit (141KB pdf)
- Autumn Budget Revision 2013-14, Scottish Government (198KB pdf)