Light at the end of the fiscal tunnel? Scotland's public spending pressures

| Publication date: 19 Jun 2018 | Theme: Macroeconomics | NIESR Author(s): Young, G | Report to: Sopra Steria

In our accompanying report, Light at the end of the fiscal tunnel?, we highlighted the challenges the Westminster government is facing in providing good quality public services for the people of the United Kingdom at a time of spending reductions. Despite over eight years of austerity, these challenges do not appear to be getting any easier.

Indeed upward pressure on public sector pay, dissatisfaction with the quality of some key public services, and the needs of an ageing population are adding to spending pressures. We estimate that an additional £300 billion would need to be spent over the six years to 2023-24 to meet reasonable demands. Within this, Scotland would need £27 billion more than currently planned to cope with future spending requirements.

This report was commissioned by Sopra Steria

Keyword tags: 
public spending
public finance
Scotland
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