This week saw the publication of the draft budget for 2014-15, which included proposed increases to the Rural Affairs and Environment budget.
The Scottish Government spending plans include a net increase to the Rural Affairs budget of £37.1 million in 2014-15 giving a revised budget figure of £559.2 million.
The main increases are to the EU Support and Related Services Budget:
- An increase of £9.1 million in Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) budgets, including new money for peatland restoration schemes in support of our climate change targets.
- Additional budget of £18.6 million for, mostly capital, investment in CAP reform reflecting the additional complexity and costs of the EU proposals and the new IT systems and business change required to implement them.
- There is also an extra £6 million of capital for the Next Generation Digital Fund within the Environment and Rural Services Budget.
- This budget also includes £20.2 million capital from local government as part of the funding for the Step Change Programme to roll out next generation broadband across Scotland.
The draft budget can be found here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0043/00433802.pdf