John Swinney MSP

John Swinney MSP

Written 55 posts

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

Commonwealth Games Economic Legacy

22nd July 2014

I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome business leaders from around the Commonwealth to Glasgow ahead of what promises to be a phenomenal Games. The opportunity the Games bring and the significant economic legacy they are already delivering is something this government is determined to see Scotland make the most of.  And I…

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Scottish economy at pre-recession level

16th July 2014

Scotland’s GDP grew 1.0 per cent over the first quarter of 2014, faster than the UK as a whole. Output in Scotland is now 0.4 per cent above its pre-recession level. The UK figure for quarter one was still 0.6 per cent below pre-recession levels.

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Inspiring Scotland marks successful 5 years

13th June 2014

Last night it gave me the great pleasure to host an event at Edinburgh Castle to mark the success of one of Scotland’s most innovative and groundbreaking charitable organisations – Inspiring Scotland. I was impressed to hear from Inspiring Scotland their unique, yet different effective operational model of raising funding from across sectors and deploying…

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Scotland’s Budget Bill for 2014-15 published

17th January 2014

This budget demonstrates the benefits of decisions being made in Scotland, by those who care most about its future. The budget will help us to ensure Scotland is the best place for our children to grow up, that we offer the most competitive environment for business within the UK and that people in Scotland are…

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Scotland's economic recovery continues to strengthen

15th January 2014

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Chancellor embeds Westminster austerity

6th December 2013

It’s clear to see from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement that Westminster’s failed economic policy has deepened the challenge of delivering a real return to growth and will see cuts to public spending in Scotland applied for years to come. The £3.1bn cuts that we’re already facing will be outstripped by the £4bn a year cuts…

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Savings and Stabilisation Funds for Scotland

2nd October 2013

Today the Fiscal Commission Working Group has published its Savings and Stabilisation report, a report I welcome in its recommendation to establish both a stabilisation fund and a savings fund in an independent Scotland. Their work highlights the significant opportunities that Scotland’s oil and gas wealth presents and answers the key questions that have been…

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A budget for Scotland's future

11th September 2013

Today I brought to Parliament a budget for Scotland’s future. Global economic conditions continue to impact on economic confidence, I am therefore focused on boosting confidence in our economy to encourage private sector investment and growth. This budget focuses on supporting an investment led recovery and economic growth, supporting Scotland’s people and communities against the…

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Making young people your business

30th August 2013

Today, the First Minister and I updated colleagues at today’s meeting of the Council of Economic Advisors on Make Young People Your Business week –  the Scottish Government’s campaign calling on employers – of all sizes, in all sectors and from across all of Scotland –  to invest in young people and grow their business….

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Employee ownership is a hidden gem for our economy,

4th July 2013

Today we are marking Employee Ownership Day. The Scottish Government has been a long-standing supporter of employee-ownership and its ability to root jobs and growth in localities. Over the last year I have visited a number of employee-owned ventures across Scotland, ranging from Clansman Dynamics who build robotic manufacturing equipment in East Kilbride to seafood…

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