The Scottish Government will continue to invest in jobs and the economy, Finance Secretary John Swinney said as the Budget Bill for 2012-13 was published ahead of the Stage 1 debate this week and reflects the Spending Review published in September 2011.
The Bill includes resources to:
• Deliver 25,000 modern apprenticeships and fund the 'Opportunities for All' programme to guarantee a training or learning opportunity for every 16-19 year-old;
• Prioritise key infrastructure projects such as the new Forth Crossing and creating jobs by using a range of measures to maximise investment, such as the 2.5 billion pounds non profit distributing (NDP) pipeline of revenue-financed infrastructure projects and switching revenue spending to support capital investment;
• Give local authorities resources to continue to freeze the council tax and maintain police and teacher numbers;
• Invest in the low carbon economy to cut emissions and create new jobs; and
• Implement a shift to preventative spending, encouraging joint working across the public sector to improve outcomes.