New figures show record public spending of nearly £100 billion in a single year, demonstrating the “strength and security” that Scotland gains as part of the United Kingdom.
The annual GERS figures, published by the Scottish Government, show that public spending in Scotland reached £99.2 billion in 2020-21.
The ‘Union dividend’, the combined value of higher spending and lower revenue, has increased to £2,210 per person.
As a percentage of GDP, Scotland’s deficit increased to 22.4%. Across the UK, the deficit rose to 14.2%.
Scottish Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery, Murdo Fraser MSP, said: “These new figures demonstrate the strength and security that we gain as part of the United Kingdom.
“In times of crisis, when a pandemic hits, Scottish jobs and public services are safer because we act together.
“The UK Government has delivered a war chest to fight Covid, back our NHS, and support Scotland’s economic recovery.
“The Union dividend has increased and now every man, woman and child in Scotland is £2,210 better off within the United Kingdom.
“We are back on the road to recovery faster than anticipated because of the world-leading vaccine scheme and thousands of jobs have been protected by Rishi Sunak’s furlough scheme.
“As we start to move on from Covid, it’s vital that both of Scotland’s governments now focus 100% on rebuilding Scotland and delivering our economic recovery.”