Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2016-17



The Education and Culture Committee focused their consideration of the Scottish Government’s budget on spending on schools.  To assist the Committee’s consideration we asked all local authorities to supply some basic information.


It is not possible to directly compare each of these returns as the underlying basis for each is not identical. For example some authorities have included central service support costs and support service charges while others have not.  Different approaches to Devolved School Management costs and support service recharges have been taken. These are in addition to expected local differences between authorities reflecting local and demographic issues as well as local prioritisations.

Roundtable Event - September 2015

On Tuesday 8 September, the Committee held an informal roundtable event in The Scottish Parliament with officials from the local authorities across Scotland.  This event allowed discussions about the wider effects and impacts of budgetary decisions.  Notes from the discussions can be found below:

Committee meetings

The Committee took evidence at its meeting on 24 November.  Submissions were received from:

Read the meeting papers and Official Report

The Committee took evidence at its meeting on 1 December. The following submission was received:

Read the meeting papers and Official Report


The Committee published its report on 7 January 2016.

Read the Committee's report on the Draft Budget 2016-17 

The Scottish Government has sent a response to the Committee's report.

Additional Information

On 7 November members of the Education and Culture Committee met with board members of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC).  The meeting was arranged as part of the Committee's ongoing work considering education budgets in schools as well as the work looking at attainment both in terms of the inquiry and the Education (Scotland) Bill. 

A note of the meeting can be found below:

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