Exclusive: John Swinney on his latest budget and the fiscal framework
HolyRood Magazine, by Mandy Rhodes
“At a very personal level, I worked for a mutual life assurance society before politics and I loved working in a mutual environment. It was me at my most ease and when I came into office and I had responsibility for the third sector, I set myself a little task, and remember, Mandy, at that stage, we didn’t know we were going to last the summer, or three months or even a first budget, but I set myself a wee target that I would do whatever it took to build social enterprises into a more significant part of the Scottish economy based on that mutual principle.
"We now have over 6,000 social enterprises in Scotland and I feel that decisions that I have taken, resources I have put in place, and in giving it a focus and a priority, I have helped create a much more self-confident social enterprise sector that has improved the whole of Scottish society. Thirdly, and this is something I feel intensely proud about for my party, I have created – for my party – a reputation for effective fiscal management, fiscal credibility, and I am very proud of that.”
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