The Scottish budget 2021-22 as it happened

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has announced a range of new measures in the Scottish budget for 2021-22, which she described as potentially the “most important in the history of devolution”.

Among these was support for jobs and skills totalling around £1.1bn.

Job creation was a priority, with measures including a commitment to launch a new Green Workforce Academy to help people secure work in the low carbon economy, a £100m Green Jobs Fund over the next parliament, £7m towards making Scotland a hub for digital business and an additional £115m for the Young Person’s Guarantee.

Health received record funding of over £16bn, an increase of 5.3{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b} on 2020-21, along with a further £869m to continue tackling coronavirus, including funding for the vaccination and test and trace programmes.

To support family budgets, £90m is being made available for local authorities to freeze council tax.

Public sector workers earning up to £25,000

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