Policy Statement and Cookie Control


The Scottish Fiscal Commission seeks to ensure that the information published on its website is up to date and accurate. However, the information on the website does not constitute legal or professional advice and the Scottish Fiscal Commission cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use. The Scottish Fiscal Commission cannot be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.

Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential in line with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Collection and use of personal information

The Scottish Fiscal Commission will not collect any personal information on users of its website. Please see the section below on ‘Cookies and website traffic’ for information we do collect.

We have an optional subscription to our mailing list.  This is hosted and managed through Mailchimp.  If you choose to subscribe to this list, Mailchimp will store any contact details you choose to give.  You can at any stage unsubscribe from this list.  The Scottish Fiscal Commission will not share any data that you provide. Equally, if we are informed of any data breaches by Mailchimp we will act accordingly. Mailchimp also has a privacy statement which should be read in full: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/

Accessibility Information

This web site has been designed to comply with the international web accessibility standards issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as part of their Web Accessibility Initiative.

All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that top level and main content pages are compliant to a minimum of AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 standards.

Cookies and website traffic

When users enter the Scottish Fiscal Commission website their computers will automatically be issued with 'cookies'. Cookies are text files which identify users' computers to the Scottish Fiscal Commission's server. The website then creates 'session' cookies to store some of the preferences of users moving around the website, e.g. retaining a text-only preference.

Cookies in themselves do not identify individual users but identify only the computer used. Scottish Fiscal Commission session cookies are deleted on departure from the website. However, those from third parties may persist.

Many websites use cookies to track traffic flows, whenever users visit those websites.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission website uses cookies to measure use of the website including number of visitors, how frequently pages are viewed, and the city and country of origin of users. This helps to determine what is popular and can influence future content and development. For this purpose, the Government uses web analytics to measure and analyse usage of the website. The information collected by the Scottish Fiscal Commission will include IP Address, pages visited, browser type and operating system. The data will not be used to identify any user personally.

Most modern web browsers allow users to control cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.

Cookies used on our site

  Cookie file name Description
Cookie Control civicAllowCookies Cookie Control: When you click to turn cookies on or off on the Cookie Control user interface, a cookie is set in order to remember your preference.
Google Analytics

__utma Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website.
__utmb Google Analytics stores IP address anonymously on its servers in the US, and neither the Scottish Fiscal Commission or Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information.
__utmc These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.
__utmt Used by Google to throttle request rate.
__utmz Google Privacy Policy
NID The NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.
Other 3rd party cookies
Twitter guest_id We use Twitter embed code on some pages within our site.  Twitter may set cookies on your PC.
Twitter API k Twitter Privacy Policy


Log files stored on the Government's web server allow the recording and analysis of users' use of the website. Log files do not contain any personal information.

Social media accounts

Scottish Fiscal Commission social media accounts are managed internally by the Corporate Team.

What we post

Posts and Tweets will be about:

  • Key policy developments 
  • Key publications and consultations
  • News releases
  • Video, audio and imagery


If you follow us we will not automatically follow you back. Being followed or re-posted by a Scottish Fiscal Commission social media account does not imply endorsement of any kind.


We will update and monitor our social media accounts during office hours, Monday to Friday.

Social media accounts may occasionally be unavailable and we accept no responsibility for lack of service due to platform downtime.

Direct messages and replies

We will read all direct messages and ensure that any emerging themes or helpful suggestions are passed to the relevant people in the Scottish Fiscal Commission. We will also keep an eye on replies and respond if appropriate.

Also see


This Website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, the Scottish Fiscal Commission, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Website.

Notification of changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, and other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.