Magazine article Public Finance

Swinney Stands by His 'Budget for Recovery'

Magazine article Public Finance

Swinney Stands by His 'Budget for Recovery'

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Scottish Finance Minister John Swinney has defended his controversial budget proposals in the face of opposition attacks.

Swinney told the Scottish Parliament on January 14 that in addition to supporting economic recovery, the budget would provide a rising share of public expenditure to support local authorities, NHS Scotland and others in providing 'vital public services and growth'.

He also announced initiatives aimed at securing the support of other parties in the Parliament, which will be vital if the bill is to receive parliamentary approval.

These include assurances that the government would provide 1,000 extra police officers - a commitment made to the Scottish Tories last year; a £1.7m investment in universities and colleges; a £3.5m financial supplement for the capital city Edinburgh; and energy-efficient measures. …

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