What is GERS?

The Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) web area provides information on the annually published GERS report. GERS is compiled by statisticians and economists in the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser of the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government’s Chief Statistician takes responsibility for this publication.

Latest publication

The latest publication of GERS, providing figures for financial year 2017-18, was published on 22 August 2018.  The report is available at the links below:

It’s CRAP!

As ever Wings over Scotland distills a detailed analysis of why GERS is simply but one more part of an overall propaganda exercise, ie. they’re madey uppy numbers, funnily enough pointing to Independence not being viable.

Even the BBC reports on GERS:

But their main purpose is to provide an annual injection of fresh ammunition into Scotland’s constitutional debate.

Gers was started by Conservative ministers 25 years ago, to provide the figures with which to make the case against a devolved parliament.

Speaking at a hearing tax expert Richard Murphy had the genius to even publicly label it CRAP, intellectually:

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