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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Finance and Public Administration Committee Meeting in Largs and Seamill

Holyrood’s Finance and Public Administration Committee will meet in Vikingar on Wednesday 30 and the Waterside Inn on Thursday 31 August to hear from North Coast people about Scotland’s Budget challenges.

The visit is part of a parliamentary inquiry into the sustainability of Scotland’s finances.

Scottish Ministers forecast that public spending in Scotland is set to outstrip income expected by £1 billion in 2024/25, rising to £1.9 billion in 2027-28.

40 local participants have been invited to a workshop in Vikingar to discuss what the Scottish Government should prioritise in its 2024-25 budget, with expert advice from Professor Graeme Roy, Chair of the Scottish Fiscal Commission and Mairi Spowage, Director at the Fraser of Allander Institute.

Their views will help inform the committee’s scrutiny of the government’s budget in autumn.

Local MSP and FPAC Convenor Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“The focus of our work this year is how the budget for 2024-25 and beyond will ensure Scotland’s finances are sustainable in both the short and longer-term.

“It is an incredibly important subject matter given the forecast budget pressures and longer-term demographic challenges in Scotland.

“Coming to Largs and talking to North Coast people – including businesses, third sector bodies and residents – will enable us to hear different views of the impact of the Scottish Government’s tax and spending decisions.

“And that matters because the budget and the long-term sustainability of Scotland’s finances will affect everyone in the country.”


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