Scottish Budget

Scottish Budget to be published after Christmas

Finance secretary Derek Mackay has confirmed that due to the UK General Election and the cancellation of the UK Government budget, it will not be possible to publish the Scottish Budget 2020-21 until after Christmas.

Published 19 November 2019

Budget broadly welcomed by housing sector but fuel poverty funding ‘falls short’

The Scottish Government has reaffirmed its target to build 50,000 affordable homes and pledged more funding to offset the ‘bedroom tax’ though campaigners have criticised the Draft Budget for failing to provide the ambition required to crack the problem of Scotland’s inefficient homes.

Published 16 December 2016

Holyrood unveils £10.3bn for local government to freeze council tax for ninth year

Scottish local authorities will receive a total funding package of £10.3 billion in 2016-17 as council tax will be frozen for the ninth consecutive year, deputy first minister John Swinney confirmed yesterday.

Published 26 February 2016

CIH Scotland calls for additional affordable housing funding to be maintained

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has welcomed the additional funds committed towards affordable housing within the Scottish Budget for 2016-17 but urged the Holyrood to maintain further increased housing supply “as a top priority”.

Published 25 February 2016

Draft Budget Bill 2016-17 passes first parliamentary stage

The Scottish Government’s draft Budget Bill 2016-17 has been passed by a majority at the first parliamentary stage.

Published 4 February 2016

Swinney reaffirms Draft Budget commitment to low taxes ahead of debate

Deputy first minister John Swinney has vowed not to increase taxes for low paid workers as MSPs prepare to debate the Draft Budget 2016/17 for the first time at Holyrood later today.

Published 3 February 2016

Call for energy efficiency to be accelerated in Draft Budget

WWF Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to increase its fuel poverty spending after three Holyrood committees challenged its plans.

Published 3 February 2016

Scottish Budget: £90m increase to affordable housing fund and tax on second homes

The Scottish Government has announced a year-year increase of £90 million to its affordable housing budget to help it achieve its target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes during the next parliament.

Published 17 December 2015

Scottish Budget: Scottish Land Fund trebles to support community ownership

Measures announced in the Draft Budget for 2016-17 will help a fairer and wealthier society through Land Reform, environment minister Aileen McLeod has said.

Published 17 December 2015

‘Unacceptable’ new fuel poverty figures spark Budget warm homes call

The Scottish Government’s draft budget must show significant investment in energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority to end the scourge of cold, leaky homes, according to a number of organisations.

Published 15 December 2015

Swinney issues budget warning in wake of UK austerity

Finance secretary John Swinney has warned Scotland faces “tough choices” in the wake of UK austerity, ahead of the Scottish Government’s Budget on Wednesday.

Published 14 December 2015