Draft Budget 2020-21


About the Inquiry

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee will consider elements of the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2020-21 that relate to its remit.

All Scottish Parliament committees undertake pre-budget scrutiny of the draft budget which is subsequently published later in the calendar year.

The purpose of pre-budget scrutiny is for the committees to provide comment to the Scottish Government on the delivery, impact, and funding of existing policy priorities and any proposed changes, and how these should be funded.

The aim is to influence the budget when priorities are being set. In its consideration of the 2019/20 Budget, the Committee focused on preventative spend and the carbon impact of the capital budget. In considering the Scottish Government’s 2020/21 Draft Budget the Committee agreed to continue and extend this focus to include consideration of fiscal measures.


Written submissions were received from the following key stakeholders:


The Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy wrote to the Committee on 14 February 2020 in relation to the low/high/neutral carbon analysis of the 2020-21 capital budget. Read the letter:

In June 2019 the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on preventative spending and the Scottish Budget. Read the letter and the response from the Cabinet Secretary:

The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity on the carbon impact of infrastructure investment, and natural capital considerations. Read the letter and the response:


On 14 October 2019 the Committee published its pre budget report. Read the report and the response from the Scottish Government:

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