‘Reckless’ SNP waste £4.5 billion of taxpayers’ money

The SNP have wasted more than £4.5 billion of taxpayers’ money over their time in power.

Analysis of SNP Government accounts and losses over the last 14 years found the “shocking” sum had “vanished into a black hole of SNP incompetence.”

The losses have spiked to new highs, increasing from one SNP term in government to another.

Douglas Ross will campaign around BiFab this morning (Friday) to highlight the billions of pounds ‘squandered’ by the SNP Government.

Many of the losses are ongoing and the figures will rise even higher, for instance, the £98 million wasted on ferry overspends could double or even triple.

Vast sums lost on individual failures include at least the following, although figures may rise higher when the 2020-21 accounts are published:

  • £147 million from delays to the Sick Kids hospital.
  • £24 million on the malicious prosecution of Rangers administrators.
  • £65 million over the AWPR.
  • £47 million on BiFab.
  • £99 million of ferry overspends.
  • £10 million on Named Persons.
  • £76 million overspend on the CAP IT system.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “The SNP have wasted a shocking amount of taxpayers’ money over their 14 years failing Scotland.

“They’ve lurched from scandal to scandal, squandering billions in the process through sheer incompetence.

“This vast sum could have been spent on improving our schools, hospitals and public services. Instead, it vanished into a black hole of SNP incompetence. The amount they throw away escalates with every new SNP Government.

“The reckless way they waste cash is visible all over Scotland – delays to the Sick Kids in Edinburgh, water problems at the QEUH in Glasgow, botched ferry-building at Ferguson Marine in Inverclyde, a bad deal at BiFab in Fife, hold ups to the AWPR in the North East, and a CAP IT system that plagued rural areas.

“The SNP have not only wasted billions, they’ve wasted the last 14 years by putting independence first and everything else last.

“If the SNP win a majority, they will waste the next Scottish Parliament focussed on getting another referendum, instead of rebuilding Scotland.”


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