Privacy Statement and Cookie Control

The Scottish Fiscal Commission operates This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information we receive from users of the Site.

By using the Site, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.


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.

Log Data

Like many site operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site (‘Log Data’).

This Log Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Site that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics. 

In addition, we may use third party services such as Google Analytics that collect, monitor and analyse this.

Collection and use of personal information

We collect data from partner agencies to create our forecasts as set out in our Memorandum of Understanding documents found here

We also collect personal email addresses via Mailchimp which comprise our news update and media contact circulation lists. We will only use these names and email addresses to make contact with subscribers for reasons relating to: 

  • Updating subscribers on our news and forecasts
  • Periodically asking if they would take part in our surveys
  • Notifying subscribers of forthcoming SFC events 

Subscribers’ email addresses are held in our account with Mailchimp. All subscribers should check they are content with Mailchimp’s privacy policy

No subscriber’s email address will ever be shared with any other third party by SFC without the prior consent of that individual subscriber.

Every SFC communication to subscribers includes an opportunity to opt-out of receiving any more, and subscribers can request to be withdrawn from our list at any time by emailing

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 or

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


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.

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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.


Changes To This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of 01.05.2018.

We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Policy at any time and you should check this Privacy Policy periodically. Your continued use of the Service after we post any modifications to the Privacy Policy on this page will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Policy.

If we make any material changes to this Policy, we will notify you either through the email address you have provided us, or by placing a prominent notice on our website.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at