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Finance Committee

We apologise as the Finance Committee is unavailable due to technical difficulties.The Finance Committee took evidence on preventative spending and early intervention on 28 September 2011.

MSPs questioned Graham Allen MP.

More than a third of public cash in Scotland is spent on social problems which could have been prevented in the first place, a report from former Scottish TUC general secretary Campbell Christie found.

The Chrisitie investigation into the future of public services has warned they will "buckle" without more preventative measures to tackle inequality.

The Scottish government said it would look at taking them forward, while council umbrella group Cosla said it was moving immediately to implement the recommendations, regardless of the SNP's timescale.

In its final report , the commission on the future delivery of public services warned that, with spending not expected to return to 2010 levels for 16 years, major reforms were needed.

The committee then take evidence from Alex Linkston CBE, and Professor James Mitchell, both members of the commission.

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