Derek Mackay MSP announces Scottish budget date to provide vital clarity for Renfrewshire’s public services

Renfrewshire North and West MSP and Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay MSP, today announced that the Scottish Government’s budget will be published on 6 February 2020.

Derek Mackay MSP announces Scottish Budget date
Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay MSP, announces the Scottish Budget date as 6 February 2020 to provide clarity for Renfrewshire’s public services

The announcement comes after the UK Government confirmed their budget would be delayed until 11 March 2020.

Derek Mackay MSP said: “The UK Government’s approach to the Scottish Budget has been completely unacceptable and has shown a disregard for devolution and a lack of fiscal responsibility.

“The timing of the UK Budget made it impossible for us to publish our own budget after the UK Government’s without drastically restricting the time for parliamentary scrutiny.

“In these exceptional circumstances, created by the UK Government, it is vital we give local authorities, including Renfrewshire Council and Inverclyde Council, clarity on their budgets. That is why we have made the decision to publish our budget in February which will allow local authorities to set their budgets and council tax before the legal deadline of 11 March.

“I look forward to publishing a budget that will help tackle the global climate emergency, reduce child poverty and boost the economy.

“We will work closely with the Scottish Parliament to agree a timetable for the Budget Bill to allow for maximum scrutiny while ensuring certainty for vital public services in Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and across Scotland.”

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