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Summary

  1. MSPs back the general principles of the Budget Bill, with 69 backing it and 56 voting against.
  2. The debate followed the news the Greens have struck a deal with Derek Mackay
  3. The say they have secured a "substantial package" of funding, including cash for councils, low-carbon capital investment and a contribution towards a "fairer pay" for the public sector
  4. The Greens had previously indicated they could only support the budget if an additional £157m was given to councils
  5. Talks had also been held with the Lib Dems, who were seeking more support for education and health along with backing for ferry services in the northern isles
  6. The Conservatives and Labour have put down amendments for the stage one debate of the Budget Bill

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live today

    There you have it folks, MSPs have agreed the general principles of the Budget Bill.

    A deal was reached after the Greens won an additional £170m for local councils.

    And public sector pay rises will now apply to 75% of workers rather than the 51% that was originally proposed.

    Pat on the shoulder for Derek Mackay from the first minister
    Image caption: Pat on the shoulder for Derek Mackay from the first minister

    The revised budget proposals were approved by 69 votes to 56, and now move onto the next stage in the legislative process ahead of a final vote next month.

    The Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labour voted against, but two Liberal Democrat MSPs backed the proposals.

  2. Transport Bill is 'bold', says minister

    Humza Yousaf

    Humza Yousaf says the measures to be included in the Transport Bill are "bold", he says.

    These will include enhancing partnership working and removing legal dubiety around council-run services.

    One size won't fit all, he says, but the Bill intends to give councils a variety of tools to improve services.

  3. Background: From First Glasgow

    First Glasgow provided details of its recent fare changes whic hit says saw many price freezes and reductions back in early January.

    Here's a snap shot from First Glasgow:

    • "Bus operator highlights value for money across network"
    • "Big reduction in all-day ticket for children on city bus network"
    • "Consumer demand for mTicket and smart ticketing continues to rise"
    • "Smartphone usage in Glasgow continues to rise"
  4. 'Clearly passengers feel that they are not getting the service that justifies the fares increases'

    Transport Secretary Humza Yousaf
    Image caption: Transport Secretary Humza Yousaf

    Transport Secretary Humza Yousaf says it is incredible 75% of journey's are being done by bus but they do not get the airtime.

    Mr Yousaf says clearly passengers feel that they are not getting the service that justifies the fares increases.

    He says the forthcoming Transport Bill can address some issues.

    The minister says it is worth talking to groups like Passenger Focus.

  5. Budget: A good day for Derek Mackay

    Brian Taylor

    BBC Scotland Political Editor

    There was a discernible pattern to events during the Budget debate at Holyrood this afternoon.

    Indeed, a mischievous Murdo Fraser suggested that the entire affair, the deal with ministers and the Greens, had been choreographed.

    Chamber

    And then didn't Patrick Harvie, he of the Greens, refresh the entire business with a string of contentious proposals at the very end of his speech?

    Mr Harvie suggested that, instead of last-minute haggling, opposition parties should be obliged to submit their ideas for scrutiny by Parliament's finance committee?

    Being a member of that esteemed body, perhaps he could question himself?

    Read Brian Taylor's analysis here.

  6. Labour MSP calls for not-for-profit providers

    Labour MSP Johann Lamont says this debate has been in the public domain for a long time - but adds there are solutions.

    She suggests exploring not-for-profit providers, as advocated by the Co-Operative Party.

    Labour MSP Johann Lamont
  7. Tory MSP says the prices rises at First Buses seem excessive and unacceptable

    Jamie Greene

    Tory MSP Jamie Greene says the prices rises at First Buses seem excessive and unacceptable.

    Mr Greene says he is not here to justify the decisions of private operators, but the environmental context in which they operate must be considered.

  8. Green MSP says fare rises will also have a considerable negative impact on families

    First Bus

    Mr Greer uses his motion to say changes to fare structures that favour smartphone app-based ticketing will impact on those less likely to own a smartphone

    The Green MSP says fare rises will also have a considerable negative impact on families, young people and low-earners.

    Several bus routes in Glasgow and the West Scotland region have been withdrawn or reduced, including the 4A service, with, he considers, little to no consultation with local residents.

    Mr Greer bus services should be affordable, environmentally sustainable and accessible to all members of society.

  9. 'Private profit should have no place in an essential service like public transport'

    Green MSP Ross Greer
    Image caption: Green MSP Ross Greer

    Buses are treated as anything but a public service, Mr Greer adds, with services being run for profit over people.

    This leads to service cuts, fare rises and environmental concerns not being addressed, he argues.

    "Private profit should have no place in an essential service like public transport."

    Ross Greer concludes: "It is time for re-regulation, and it is time for a public transport system that is ran truly and entirely for the public good."

  10. Green MSP highlights fares hike

    First Group

    Mr Greer uses his motion to say:

    • fares for under-16s have risen by 40%
    • single adult fares have increased by a further 15%
    • unaccompanied child fares have been withdrawn entirely following a move in 2017 to no longer offer return fares
  11. Fares revision 7 January: First Group Greater Glasgow

    First Bus managing director Giles Fearnley
    Image caption: First Bus managing director Giles Fearnley

    On Sunday 7 January some of First Group Greater Glasgow's fares changed.

    It's most popular fares are listed on this page.

  12. 'Private profit should have no place in an essential service like public transport'

    Ross Greer

    Ross Greer thanks some of his Labour and the SNP colleagues for supporting for his motion.

    Characterising it as an issue that is class-based, he notes over half of low income households do not have access to a car.

    A bus service to local Jobcentres are often the only thing preventing people being pushed into hardship, the member notes.

    "Transport is central to all our lives - it is a vital public services."

  13. Here is the motion....

    Scottish Parliament
  14. MSPs debate the reported rise in bus fares by First Bus

    First bus

    Green MSP Ross Greer will now lead a member's debate on the reported rises in bus fares by First Bus, particularly in Glasgow and the West Scotland region.

  15. BreakingMSPs back the general principles of the Budget Bill

    Derek Mackay recieves a congratulatory pat on the shoulder from the first minister
    Image caption: Derek Mackay recieves a congratulatory pat on the shoulder from the first minister

    MSPs back the general principles of the Budget Bill.

    69 MSPs backed it and 56 voted against.

    motion
  16. MSPs reject the amendments from Labour and the Tories

    Tory and Labour amendments defeated
    Image caption: Tory and Labour amendments defeated

    MSPs reject the amendments from Labour and the Tories.

    30 MSPs voted for the Tory amendment and 95 voted against.

    The Labour amendment was backed by 23 MSPs, but 102 voted against.

  17. Decision time - has Derek Mackay done enough? Well, yes thanks to the Greens

    Stuff

    Has Derek Mackay done enough to clear the first hurdle of the budget process? Let's find out with decision time.

    Although they have and we know it.

    But don't go away, it's still historic.