Outlook and appraisal [December 2017]

Roy, Graeme (2017) Outlook and appraisal [December 2017]. Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, 41 (4). pp. 7-34. ISSN 2046-5378

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    December's Scottish Budget comes at a crucial time. Growth remains below trend and Brexit continues to create uncertainty. The political focus will no doubt be on any proposed changes to income tax. But with rising demand for public services and tight resources a wider debate is needed about the sustainability of key spending priorities and how to boost economic growth in Scotland.