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Comments on the Scottish Budget Scrutiny Consultation by Dr Jim Cuthbert

The Budget Process Review Group was established by the Finance and Constitution Committee of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution to carry out a fundamental review of budgetary scrutiny. The main driver for the review is the need to accommodate the Scottish Parliament’s new financial powers, as well as the operation of the Fiscal Framework, within the budget process. The Group, which includes Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament officials, produced an interim report on 10 March 2017, which included a number of questions for consultation. The note sets out the response of Dr Jim Cuthbert to this consultation, on behalf of the Jimmy Reid Foundation, and is the basis of the oral evidence he gave to the Budget Process Review Group on 30th March 2017. JRFJCBudgetScrutinyConsultationresponse032017