Covid-19 and Scotland’s public finances

by Fiona Diggle, Audit Manager

Covid-19 has seen around £5.3 billion announced by the Scottish Government to tackle the impact of the pandemic.  

Most of that spending has come from Barnett consequentials – extra funding that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland get if the UK government decides to spend more in England on things that are devolved, such as health. 

So far, the Scottish Government has broadly spent that money in the same way as its UK counterparts. And it’s made a good start on ensuring there’s transparency around how it’s been spent. 

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