Devolution and public spending: arguments and evidence

Arthur Midwinter, Brian Ashcroft

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The financial arrangements for devolved government in Scotland have been regarded as
problematic since the publication of the White Paper in 1997. Scotland's Parliament inherited the block and formula system for determining Scotland's share of annual changes in departmental expenditure from the Scottish Office, supplemented by a modest tax-varying power. These provisions have been criticised for creating a relationship with the UK government of fiscal dependency, with limited autonomy and accountability, and a potential for creating a constitutional conflict over spending.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-48
Number of pages11
JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2000


  • devolution
  • Scottish public finance
  • Scottish public expenditure


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