Magazine article Public Finance

Authorities Must Collaborate More as Spending Tightens, Swinney Warns

Magazine article Public Finance

Authorities Must Collaborate More as Spending Tightens, Swinney Warns

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Finance Secretary John Swinney has predicted a sharp decline in public expenditure and is urging Scottish authorities to collaborate more to make up the deficit.

Opening the CIPFA in Scotland conference in Edinburgh on March 19, Swinney warned of a change in the landscape of public expenditure'.

He explained that although there had been 'unprecedented' real-terms growth in public sector spending, averaging 6% per year since 1999, he expected no increase for 2010/11.

The minister also quoted analysis on Scotland by the Centre for Public Policy for Regions, which predicted a real-terms decline of between 2% and 8% in spending by 2013/14 on 2009/10 levels.

'We're facing an environment that will be tougher and tighter than anything we've experienced in the past decade. It will be for a sustained period,' he said.

He argued that cuts to individual budgets were not the best way to make savings, and said he wanted to encourage more partnership working at a local level. …

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