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Deprivation Spend Inquiry

The Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee is carrying out an inquiry into spending on deprived areas and how funding from national and local government is allocated to tackling area-based inequalities and how current formulas are applied.

Aim of inquiry

To review Executive spending on deprivation, and to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of such expenditure and its coherence and consistency as cross-cutting issues, and to make recommendations, where necessary, to improve Executive performance.


Written evidence

The Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament issued an initial call for evidence from interested parties to its inquiry into deprivation on 4 July 2005. The closing date for receipt of evidence is Friday 30 September 2005.

Oral evidence

The Committee took oral evidence at their meeting on 13 September 2005.

Commissioned Research

The Committee commissioned a piece of desk research on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. The research was carried out by Professor Glen Bramley and is available here.


July 2005 – call for written evidence
Sept 2005 – deadline for written evidence
Sept/ Nov 2005 – oral evidence
Jan 2006 – consider draft report
End Jan 2006 – publish report

Further information

Call for written evidence

Scottish Parliament Finance Committee Official Report 13/09/05

Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Deprivation: Paper by the Finance Committee Budget Adviser

Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Deprivation: Response from the Scottish Executive

Contact Kristin Mitchell, Direct Tel: 0131 348 5451 (RNID Typetalk calls welcome) for further information on the Inquiry.

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