The Scottish Government’s Finance and Public Administration Committee (FPAC) has warned that Scotland’s short-term approach to financial planning has exacerbated a potential £1.5 billion spending gap.

The FPAC’s report comes ahead of the Scottish budget on 19th December, which sets out the government’s spending and taxation plans.

The report provides recommendations on Scotland’s fiscal policy in areas such as spending priorities, investment, and reform.

The SNP convener of the cross-party FPAC, MSP Kenneth Gibson, commented that:

“As the Scottish budget approaches, we have seen little evidence to suggest a shift away from the Scottish government’s short-term approach to financial planning.”

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