Glasgow Kelvin SNP Sandra White says UK Government financial plans are a bad deal for Scotland.
The Chancellor’s Statement reports increased funding for Scotland amid a consequential real terms cut to Scotland’s revenue block grant of over £200m next year, whilst Scotland’s share of increases in NHS funding are a fraction due to UK cuts elsewhere.
£1.1bn, half of additional funding announced for Scotland, are financial transactions which the Scottish Government cannot spend on frontline public services, and which have to be repaid to the Treasury.
Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said:
“This budget once again shows that the Tories cannot be trusted to act for Scotland’s interest.
“Whilst they are claiming a funding boost for Scotland, the reality is that a majority of it takes the form of restrictive loans which cannot be spent on public services facing UK cuts.
“I am pleased that the Scottish Government will press ahead with lifting the public sector pay cap despite the UK’s budget failing to do so.
“This was a spin budget today from a Chancellor only able to deliver the axe to Scotland because of his dodgy £1bn DUP bribe holding him in power; we will continue to fight and deliver for Scotland’s interest.”