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Budget will support jobs, public services and families, 17/01/14 [S}

Scotlandís budget will support the economy, invest in public services and protect Scotlandís people from the worst effects of the UK Governmentís programme of welfare reform, Finance Secretary John Swinney said as the Budget Bill for 2014-15 was published.

Mr Swinney emphasised that the Budget Bill, which will have its stage one debate next week, confirms funding in 2014-15 to support the Scottish Governmentís recent commitments of :

  • £55m over two years to expand the provision of free school meals;
  • £59m over two years to provide additional childcare places Ė taking the total additional funding for childcare to around £250m over two years
  • £20m to offer further help to those affected by the UK Governmentís bedroom tax in 2014-15

For full details see the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government websites.

Further Information

Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill

The Budget (Scotland) Bill 2014-15 Supporting Document

Scottish Government news release