On 14 December, Kenneth as Convener of the Finance and Public Administration (FPA) Committee, and his six committee colleagues, began scrutiny of the 2022/23 Scottish Budget.
The four hour session began with a private briefing from the FPA Committee’s adviser and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre’s Financial Scrutiny Unit, followed by public sessions from the Scottish Fiscal Commission and then the Fraser of Allander Institute and University of Glasgow Economics Professor Graeme Roy, during which the £56.4 billion budget was explored in depth.
“With Omicron upon us and committees meeting virtually, the FPA Committee sought and received dispensation from the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body to meet in person, with COVID mitigations in place.
“Members asked a multitude of questions on issues ranging from fiscal forecasts on taxes, non-domestic rates and the size and scale of the resource and capital available to Scotland; to economic growth, productivity and labour market participation. We look forward to taking more evidence next week from the Corporate Body and Finance Secretary Kate Forbes MSP.”
The Official Report detailing what was said this morning will be available later this week on the FPA Committee website.