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Scots Executive Criticised over Finance Targets

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Executive Criticised over Finance Targets

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A leading finance adviser has criticised the Scottish Executive for its failure to draw up strategic targets as part of its budget plans.

In a report to the Scottish Parliament's finance committee, Professor Arthur Midwinter was particularly critical of the lack of a target for economic growth, despite this being the Executive's main concern.

'It is difficult to see how the Executive can be held to account for delivering on its budget strategy if it cannot quantify how much it spends on its top priority, or what that spending has achieved,' he stated.

Midwinter, the Parliament s budget adviser, said the Executive has priorities for its budget but no targets: 'There is therefore no mechanism for assessing whether the budget strategy has been successful in corporate terms."

Recalling concerns already voiced over economic growth targets, he added: 'The exchange between the committee and the Executive over the lack of a target for its "top priority" of economic growth is at the heart of this issue. …

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