The Scottish Government has published details of its 2011/12 Budget Bill ahead of the Stage One Debate in the Scottish Parliament next week.

John Swinney's view is that the Budget is "consistent with the draft budget published last year. We believe these plans represent the best way forward to promote economic recovery and protect frontline services." Mr Swinney is urging all MSPs to approach the Stage One Debate in a "positive spirit… so, we can all rise to the challenge of dealing with the cuts imposed by the UK Government to deliver the best possible budget for Scotland."

Key points of interest in the Budget from the point of view of the infrastructure and renewables sectors are:

  • Provision of £200 million funding for the new Forth Crossing, and funding for other projects, including the South Glasgow Hospitals and Scotland's Schools for the Future building programme. Funding of £2.5 billion has been identified for health, education and transport projects to be delivered through the Non-Profit Distributing model.  
  • Funds to allow implementation of the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan, establishing the £70 million Renewables Infrastructure Fund. The Fund will receive £17 million in 2011-12.

For the full details of the Budget Bill, click here.