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A budget for opportunity

Scotland’s Budget Bill for 2014 15 will do everything possible to tackle the effects of Westminster’s cuts, said Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney.

Ahead of the stage one debate this afternoon, Mr Swinney stressed that Parliament now has the chance to ensure that it supports the budget, which provides funding for free school meals, childcare, mitigating the bedroom tax and support for small businesses.

"Within our limited powers we are doing everything possible to tackle the effects of Westminster’s cuts
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"This budget contains proposals that will help Scotland’s children, tackle poverty, increase the opportunities for parents to work and protect some of our most vulnerable people from the impact of welfare reform.

"They are proposals that the whole of Parliament should be able to endorse.

"Today Parliament will get the chance to support our commitment to tackling child poverty by extending free school meals and to providing more support for children and parents by increasing the availability of childcare not just to 600 hours but to more of Scotland’s two year olds.

"And Parliament can back
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"Working within the limited financial settlement we have, this budget provides the best possible support to our young people, to business and to those affected by welfare reform. It is a budget the whole of
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Notes to editors

Taking these commitments into account, to support the economy the Budget Bill 2014 15 published last week and the spending plans for 2015 16 published in September 2013 will:

Secure 8bn of infrastructure investment over the next two years

Provide 190m over two years to increase early learning and childcare to 600 hours

Invest more than 1.3 billion in affordable housing

Maintain the most competitive set of business rates reliefs in the UK, worth more than 570 million a year

Expand the Small
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Cap the
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Increase investment to support sustainable and active travel to around 60m over two years.

To help our people and communities to thrive the Scottish Government will:

Provide at least 68m in each of the next two years to mitigate the impact of UK welfare cuts plus 20m this year and
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Provide a 114
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