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Draft Budget 2013-14, 20/09/12 [S]

The Scottish Government has published its draft budget for 2013-14.

The spending plans are focused on boosting public sector capital investment, taking direct action to tackle unemployment, particularly amongst Scotland’s young people, and supporting economic confidence by encouraging private sector investment and providing security to Scottish households and businesses.

The 2013-14 education and lifelong learning budget includes:

  • £50 million for the Early Years Change fund during the course of this Parliament
  • Continued investment to raise attainment through Curriculum for Excellence
  • Delivery of 67 new or refurbished schools, benefiting 69,000 pupils across all of Scotland – 12 more schools than originally planned
  • An extra £17 million for colleges to maintain student numbers and support
  • New college estates valued at over £300 million in Glasgow, Inverness and Kilmarnock
  • New funding of £18 million to support up to 10,000 young people into jobs and the establishment of a new Scottish Energy Skills Academy
  • 25,000 modern apprenticeship starts
  • £31.6 million a year for Education Maintenance Allowances
For full details see the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament websites.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 20 September 2012
Draft Budget 2013-14
Equality Statement: Scottish Draft Budget 2013-14
Scottish Government news release
SPICe Briefing
SPICe Briefing - Health and Sport
SPICe Briefing - Justice
SPICe Briefing - Further Education
SPICe Breifing - Higher Education