Are we spending public money on the right things?

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By Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland

It’s never easy holding the purse strings – from the family budget to the Scottish budget, there’s always a cast of competing voices making a persuasive case for a bigger slice of the pie.  Winning the argument can come down to making the case for what the money will achieve, and why some things really are more important.

The budget for 2020/21 was passed last week with the support of the Scottish Greens. But it remains hard to see exactly how the government expects to make a difference to its priorities – as set out in the National Performance Framework – through its latest spending proposals.

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