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COVID-19, public finances and human rights

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 29th May 2020

The ALLIANCE and the Scottish Human Rights Commission have submitted a joint response to the Finance Committee.

The Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee is looking at the impact of COVID-19 on the public finances and the Fiscal Framework (this link will take you away from our website).

In a joint response between the ALLIANCE and the Scottish Human Rights Commission, we welcome the Committee’s focus on COVID-19, particularly given the postponement of some of the standard in-year budgetary oversight mechanisms. We note how the pandemic, and responses to it, have highlighted the pressing need for human rights to guide financial policy and decision-making.

Our response focuses on what makes a ‘good’ budget, and why taking a human rights based approach to fiscal scrutiny and public finance decisions would help navigate the current crisis and the economic recovery beyond. We make several practical recommendations about how to take a human rights based approach to public finance, which can help everyone ask the right questions and support effective, transparent, fair and accountable use of our national resources.

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