Scottish councils’ allocations in the draft budget put at risk the delivery of essential services next year, according to local government body Cosla.
MSPs have been urged to back the Scottish Government’s budget plans to provide Scotland with economic certainty ahead of Brexit.
Households on an income of £15,000 a year will only be 49p better off as a result of tax changes made by the Scottish Government, the Tories have claimed.
Nicola Sturgeon has hailed the Scottish Government’s draft Budget as an example of “strong and stable government” – contrasting it with Westminster’s Brexit “shambles”.
Income tax rates in Scotland will remain the same after Finance Secretary Derek Mackay resisted calls to reduce the gap compared to the rest of the UK.
The Scottish Government has “missed an opportunity” to tackle poverty in its budget for 2019-2020, according to charities.
Derek Mackay insisted improving education was the “defining mission” of the Scottish Government as he announced more money for schools in his Budget.
The Scottish Government’s budget for 2019-2020 “does nothing to make amends for a decade of pay cuts for public workers”, it has been claimed.
A doctors’ organisation welcomed an increase of around £730 million in health resource funding announced in the Scottish draft budget but warned it must be “targeted and effective”.
Scotland’s Finance Secretary said his budget for 2019-20 would “protect what matters most” as he announced additional cash for health and education.
Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will reveal his tax and spending plans for next year from “under the shadow of the UK Government’s chaotic approach to Brexit”.
Pubs and the beer industry sustain more than 66,000 jobs and contribute £1.66 billion to the Scottish economy, according to a new study.
The owner of Poundland has cheered “strong” sales growth as the rollout of Pep&Co fashion outlets helped the budget chain shrug off wider high street woes.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has been urged to help hard-up families by increasing child benefit payments by £5 a week as part of his budget.
Formal budget talks between Finance Secretary Derek Mackay and the Scottish Greens have not yet taken place – with the smaller party insisting its preconditions for supporting the SNP have not been met.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has vowed to protect “vital public services” and prioritise spending on health and education in his forthcoming Scottish Budget – despite not yet appearing to have the support to get his plans through Holyrood.
Scottish Labour is calling on the Finance Secretary to include a freeze on rail fares north of the border in next week’s Holyrood Budget.
Scottish ministers could raise enough cash to lift 40,000 children out of poverty by freezing the point at which people start to pay higher rate income tax, a think tank has suggested.
Business leaders are calling on the Scottish Government to set up a £75 million fund to help companies deal with Brexit.