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Draft Budget 2015-16 Ministerial Statement, 09/10/14 [S]

Ministerial Statement in the Scottish Parliament on 9 October 2014 from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, on the budget 2015-16.

He said:

"The Scottish Governmentís draft budget for 2015-16 is rooted in our purpose of delivering opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth. The discipline of that approach, achieving growth while delivering on our obligations of sustainability, cohesion and solidarity, has guided this Government since 2007.

Our record of delivery is rigorously assessed through the national outcomes that are set out in Scotland performs, which has been cited by the Carnegie Trust and others as an international leader in wellbeing measurement, and we will put the outcomes approach into law through the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.

Alongside the draft budget, I have published a number of supporting documents, including an update on Scotland performs, an equalities budget statement and a carbon assessment of our spending plans.

This budget comes at a time when Scotland enters a new phase in our economic and political debate. The economy has grown continuously for almost two years and output is now above pre-recession levels. As a result, 2014 is forecast to be the strongest year of growth since the financial crisis began. The number of people in employment has increased by 87,000 over the past year, to reach a record high of more than 2.6 million, and female employment is at its highest level since records began. Scotland now has the highest employment rate, the lowest unemployment rate and the lowest inactivity rate of all four United Kingdom nations. As we move from recession to recovery, it is essential that the benefits of economic growth are not only maintained but shared by everyone across Scotland.

This budget also follows the most vibrant political campaign Scotland has ever experienced. In the course of the referendum campaign, whether we argued for yes or for no, all of us must have been struck by the unprecedented engagement of the electorate, and the hopeóexpressed with breathtaking clarity by Scotlandís peopleóthat they want to live in a more prosperous and much fairer country than we do today."

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 9 October 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 9 October 2014