Borrowing

The Scottish Government has access to resource and capital borrowing powers.

Capital borrowing can be used to supplement capital spending within the limits of the Fiscal Framework. These limits are £450 million per annum and £3,000 million in total.

Resource borrowing can be accessed within limits set out by the fiscal framework, which are unlocked when negative tax and social security forecast errors have occurred. The fiscal framework limits are £300 million per annum, rising to £600 million in the case of a Scotland-specific economic shock. There is a total limit of £1,750 million.

The Commission is required to assess the reasonableness of the Scottish Government’s borrowing plans. To make our assessment we consider the wider funding envelope, such as: changes to UK Government funding, reconciliations, net positions, Scottish Government assumptions on other funding and the limits of the fiscal framework.