William Eichler 21 August 2017

Scottish public services must be ready for post-Brexit shock, experts warn

Scottish public services must be ready for post-Brexit shock, experts warn image

Holyrood must start preparing plans to help Scotland’s public services survive the post-Brexit shock, financial experts say.

CIPFA Scotland, an accountancy body which specialises in public services, has predicted Brexit will have a ‘negative impact’ on the Scottish government’s public spending power.

In its submission to the Scottish parliament, the Institute warned public services may experience volatility in tax revenue due to the impact of Brexit on economic growth and potential constraints on immigration.

If combined with a share of the Brexit Bill—the money the UK will pay the EU to leave—and a loss in current EU funding levels, Scottish public spending power could reduce.

CIPFA Scotland said Holyrood should consider the impact of Brexit during its budgeting process to ensure ‘financial resilience of public finances is not undermined’. The government should also consider how policy and tax measures could help services overcome any loss in income.

‘Scottish public spending power is significantly vulnerable to the impacts of Brexit,’ said head of CIPFA Scotland, Don Peebles.

‘As it is likely that many of the fiscal risks predicted will be realised in future years, the Scottish Government must begin to budget for Brexit so that it will be in the best position to sustain any financial shocks.

‘Considering the impact of Brexit may be keenly felt in Scotland, it is important that the Scottish Government has an influence on the negotiations to ensure any Brexit deal works for its public services.’

PWLB hike: A rise too far? image

PWLB hike: A rise too far?

What impact will the increase to the Public Works Loan Board rate have on councils’ housing and other capital schemes? Neil Merrick investigates.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of HR/OD

Babergh & Mid Suffolk
£60,000 circa
The role will involve working closely with the Senior Leadership Team and Chief Executive to lead our People Strategy and... Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Babergh & Mid Suffolk

Senior Manager - Children's Improvement and Corporate Relationship Manager

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£49,906 - £51,650
Looking for an individual with experience and understanding of children’s services and the challenges and opportunities... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Senior Applications Analyst

Camden London Borough Council
£40,829 - £47,360 per annum
Seeking a Senior Application Analyst to lead on the provision of prompt and effective technical support of key corporate business and... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Occupational Health Advisor

North Yorkshire County Council
£34,788 per annum To £38,813 per annum
Looking for that unique opportunity to prove what can be achieved when working alongside a team of dedicated professionals and experts... Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

EDT Social Worker AMHP

North Yorkshire County Council
£31,401 - £38,052
Are you a qualified Social Worker or qualified Social Worker Approved Mental Health Professional looking for a new challenge? Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores what impact the increase to the Public Works Loan Board rate have on councils’ capital schemes and why adopting AI will not just improve customer service response times for councils.

This issue also finds out how local government pension funds are backing infrastructure projects and calls on local government to get better value from its technology spend.

Register for your free magazine