Scottish Government

Finance secretary Kate Forbes calls for UK budget to protect Scottish finances

The UK Budget must provide adequate funding for Scotland and respect the devolution settlement, finance secretary Kate Forbes has said.

Published 3 March 2021

Benny Higgins review calls for extended loan repayment periods for businesses

Banks should be encouraged to extend loan repayment periods to help struggling businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Benny Higgins, an adviser to the Scottish Government.

Published 2 March 2021

Scottish Government Budget Bill passes Stage 1

Proposed legislation to implement Scotland’s Budget for 2021-22 has passed its first parliamentary hurdle as MSPs voted to endorse the general principles of the Budget Bill at Stage 1.

Published 26 February 2021

Furloughed jobs in Scotland rose over a quarter between December and January

The number of furloughed jobs in Scotland rose by just over a quarter between December and January, according to the latest HMRC coronavirus statistics.

Published 26 February 2021

Finance secretary Kate Forbes calls for support for 'consensual budget'

Finance secretary Kate Forbes is urging MSPs to back the Budget Bill when it comes before Parliament for the first time today.

Published 25 February 2021

Scottish Government allocates further £8.6bn to tackling COVID-19

All £8.6 billion of consequential funding guaranteed to the Scottish Government for 2020-21 has been allocated to tackling the pandemic, a new budget update has confirmed.

Published 25 February 2021

Chartered Institute of Taxation looks ahead to Scottish tax vote

Ahead of the Scottish Government's vote to agree rates and bands of Scottish Income Tax for the 2021/22 tax year, the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has outlined what the changes are likely to mean for Scottish taxpayers.

Published 24 February 2021

Scotland's GDP fell 0.3% in December

Scotland’s GDP is provisionally estimated to have fallen by 0.3% in December, according to the latest figures released by Scotland's chief statistician.

Published 24 February 2021

Scotland's employment rate fell to 73.3% in final quarter of 2020

Scotland’s employment rate estimate fell over the final quarter of last year to 73.7%, according to the latest official labour market statistics from the Labour Force Survey, published by the Office For National Statistics (ONS) today.

Published 23 February 2021

Apropos: The volume of Scottish home sales fell by almost half in January

The volume of Scottish home sales fell by almost half in January according to an analysis of the latest Scottish Government data by property firm Apropos.

Published 22 February 2021

Economy secretary Fiona Hyslop calls for Brexit help for Scottish businesses

Economy secretary Fiona Hyslop is calling on the UK Government to provide further support to companies struggling to trade with the EU post-Brexit.

Published 19 February 2021

Further £60m business support for Scottish firms open to applications

Two Scottish Government funds worth £60 million to support people whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic are now open to applications.

Published 17 February 2021

UK Government provides further £1.1bn COVID-19 funding to Scottish Government

The UK Government has provided the Scottish Government with an additional £1.1 billion to support people, businesses and public services affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 16 February 2021

Scottish businesses to benefit from £1m funding boost from The Data Lab

Businesses across Scotland are to benefit from a £1 million funding boost from The Data Lab, Scotland’s Innovation Centre for data and AI.

Published 15 February 2021

Scottish Government announces further £125m funding to support unemployed

Young people, those made redundant, and people who have been unemployed for a long time, will be able to access more support thanks to an additional £125 million from the Scottish Government.

Published 15 February 2021