Let's put some of the figures we will be seeing in the next few days and weeks in context.
- £2,403 - the approximate net amount that the UK government is borrowing for every man woman and child in the land this year.That is £149bn and latest monthly figures suggest the government will struggle to keep it that low.
- £29.2bn - the amount the Scottish Government has at its disposal. That is around £5,720 per person. Scottish Government spending amounts to about 40% of government spending in Scotland.
- £1.04bn - Edinburgh Council's main revenue expenditure budget, which is approximately £2176 per person
- 40% - the proportion of spend which goes on education. Social work gets just over 17% with Services for Communities accounting for 17%