Below is the statement given by Scotland's Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, on the Scottish Government's budget plans for the year ahead. Check against delivery.
Tomorrow Scotland’s Finance Secretary will set out the Scottish Government’s tax and spending plans for the year ahead.
Last week Glasgow became home to a new sculpture, ‘Homeless Jesus’. Designed by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, it depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. It was brought here thanks to a local fundraising campaign and it is hoped the sculpture will help raise awareness of homelessness and rough sleeping.
Ahead of this week's Scottish budget, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay sets out how, despite challenging circumstances, he will deliver a budget for a fairer Scotland.
Never before has the UK faced such a serious economic catastrophe, created and pursued by the current Prime Minister. It falls to us, as the official opposition parties, to push for certainty around workers' rights and the hundreds of thousands of jobs linked to the UK's EU membership.
To protect jobs, living standards, our economy and public services, we will continue to fight for membership of the European Single Market.
With Christmas fast approaching, millions of Scots will be hunting for online bargains.