Magazine article Public Finance

Civil Service 'Right' to Publish Report on Scottish Cuts

Magazine article Public Finance

Civil Service 'Right' to Publish Report on Scottish Cuts

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The Scottish Government's chief economic adviser has defended the non-partisan role of the civil service after being challenged overa controversial report on spending" cuts, published during the general election campaign.

Andrew Goudic told the Scottish Parliament finance committee on May 11 that his report was intended to provide information about the longer-term implications of the UK Budget. It predicted real-terms cuts of up to £35bn in Scottish spending over 15 years.

Responding to Labour finance spokesman David Whitton, Goudic said he was aware of the 'sensitivity1 of the document and had discussed its publication with permanent secretan- Sir John Elvidgc.

He added: "The judgement that we reached was that the implication of this piece of" work was sufficiently useful and that it was important to get it into the hands of the independent budget review team [an expert group set up to review Scottish expenditure] as quickly as possible. …

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