Magazine article Public Finance

Scotland 'Must Act Now to Save Jobs and Services'

Magazine article Public Finance

Scotland 'Must Act Now to Save Jobs and Services'

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Urgent action is needed across the public sector to lessen the longer-term impact of spending cuts on jobs and services, the auditor general for Scodand has warned.

Bob Black told the public audit committee of the Scottish Parliament that Scotland's public finances faced a long and difficult period and 'serious planning' had to start now.

Black was briefing the cross-party committee of MSPs on his recently published report, Scotland's public finances: preparing for the future. It warned that if the current level of spending continued there would be a budget gap of between £1.2bn and £2.9bn by 2013/14.

Black said: There's no doubt that we're shortly entering a long and difficult period for Scotland's public finances. I hope that the report will not only inform people but also give a sense of urgency with which the challenges should be addressed - and that applies to everyone in the public sector. …

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