Budget focus for Finance Committee meeting in Carnoustie

18/11/2010

Scottish Government spending plans will be scrutinised when the Finance Committee meets in Carnoustie on Monday 6 December.

Led by Finance Committee convener Andrew Welsh MSP, the parliamentary committee will question the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney MSP. The Minister will face questions on the government’s plans for dealing with the reduced Scottish budget.

The meeting is part of the Finance Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft budget, which was published on 17 November. Workshops in the morning will allow local businesses and organisations to air their views on the impact of the draft budget.

These views will then inform part of the committee’s evidence session in the afternoon which is open to the public.

Committee convener Andrew Welsh MSP said:

“The Finance Committee recognises that the squeeze on public finances is the most significant challenge facing the parliament and government since devolution. It is therefore, more vital than ever that we hear a wide range of views and we are very much looking forward to engaging with the local community in Angus.”

Background

The Finance Committee is composed of eight MSPs including committee convener Andrew Welsh. The other members are: Derek Brownlee, Malcolm Chisholm, Linda Fabiani, Joe Fitzpatrick, Tom McCabe, Jeremy Purvis and David Whitton.

The committee meeting will be held in public at Carnoustie Golf Hotel at 2pm. To book tickets to attend the meeting please call the Scottish parliament’s Visitor Services on 0131 348 5200 or email SP.Bookings@scottish.parliament.uk

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