The Scottish Fiscal Commission is an independent body which is accountable to the Scottish Parliament. It is the ambition of the Commission to conduct its business in as open and transparent way as possible.
The Scottish Fiscal Commission Act 2016 sets out in statute the functions that the Commission must perform. From 1 April 2017 the functions have been expanded to reflect the additional powers devolved in the Scotland Act 2016.
Information on the Commission’s relationship with the Scottish Government will be set out in the Framework Document which will be published in the coming weeks. The Commission has agreed a Protocol with the Scottish Government covering interactions between the Commission and Scottish Government during the forecasting, assessment and reporting process both during the formal periods of engagement around fiscal events, and engagement outwith fiscal events.
The Commission has a statutory duty of cooperation with the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR). We are drafting a full memorandum of understanding with the OBR and will publish it once is has been agreed. In the interim we are operating using the following principles.
Over the next few months, we will finalise and publish here a number of other documents setting out how the Commission will operate and how we work with other organisations to fulfil our functions.
Budget and Operations
The Scottish Fiscal Commission’s budget for 2017-18 is £1.7m; this includes the costs of establishing the Commission in the first year of statutory operation.
The Commission is located in Governor’s House, Edinburgh which is shared with the Scottish Human Rights Commission. The Scottish Fiscal Commission buys in some administrative support services from the Scottish Government, including IT support, human resources and financial services.
As part of its statutory functions, the Scottish Fiscal Commission will publish an Annual Report. The first Annual Report will be published in 2018.