Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Budget 'Has Risen by 97% since 1999'

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Budget 'Has Risen by 97% since 1999'

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The Scottish Executives budget for next year will increase to more than £31bn - a rise of almost 100% since devolution in 1999.

The 2007/08 spending figure has been given in an Executive report on targets set four years ago. It shows that 135 of the 162 targets covering devolved services - 83% - have been either met or on course to be met. A further 11 targets have been replaced.

The Executive claims there has been progress and achievement across all portfolio areas, including employment, transport, criminal justice, health, education and sustainable development.

Finance Minister Tom McCabe said: 'This final report clearly underlines we have made real progress against the targets we set as part of the 2002 Spending Review. There have been genuine achievements across all issues, particularly our key priorities.'

He said growing the economy was the Executive's number one priority and that there had been great progress in delivering the transport infrastructure the business community expected.

The document shows that the Executive's budget has grown steadily each year, from £23. …

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