How we work

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.

Budget and Operations

The Scottish Fiscal Commission’s budget for 2018-19 is £1.6 million.

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.

Our Corporate Plan sets out the Commission's mission and strategic objectives and covers the period up to the end of our first three years as a statutory body on 31 March 2020.

Working with Others

Scottish Government: Information on the Commission’s relationship with the Scottish Government is set out in the Framework Document.  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. Our engagement with Scottish Government is explained in our simple infographic

The Commission previously agreed a protocol which was in place in 2017-18, and a supplement to this protocol covered the procedure for the Budget Bill 2018-19.

HMRC:  We use data collected by HMRC in some of our forecasts.  We have a Memorandum of Understanding with HMRC that sets out the way in which we work together.

Office of Budget Responsibility: We have 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.

Revenue Scotland: We use data collected by Revenue Scotland within some of our forecasts.  We have a Memorandum of Understanding with Revenue Scotland that sets out the way in which we work together.

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.

Voluntary Compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics

The Commission seeks to adhere to the highest standards for analysis possible. While we do not produce official statistics (we produce forecasts), the Commission and our work voluntarily complies as much as possible with the UK Statistic Authority's Code of Practice for Statistics. Further details can be found in our Voluntary Statement of Compliance.

Corporate Governance

The way in which we function as a public body is governed by our corporate documents and processes. Minutes of Governance Board meetings are published. You can read more about our history here.