SNP fail to protect jobs and local services despite biggest ever UK block grant

The Scottish Conservatives have accused the SNP of failing to protect Scottish jobs and local services despite the Scottish Budget receiving the biggest ever block grant from the UK Government.

The party said the SNP's Budget was "mostly the same old promises from a tired government that is out of ideas".

Finance spokeswoman Liz Smith said businesses were getting "less than a quarter of what they deserve" and local communities were once again not getting a "fair deal".

Before the Scottish Budget on Thursday, the Scottish Conservatives had called for:

  • Record spending on Scotland's NHS.
  • Barnett consequentials from the UK Government for local government to be passed on in full.
  • A business tax cut for the leisure, hospitality, tourism and newspaper industries of 75 per cent rates relief for the whole year.
  • A £62 million funding package for Scotland's police, emergency services and justice system.

 

Scottish Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Liz Smith MSP, said: “The SNP had a bigger block grant from the UK Government to spend in this Budget than ever before and yet, they have failed to deliver a Budget that protects Scottish jobs and local services.

"Rishi Sunak provided a huge funding increase for the Scottish Budget but once again, the SNP refused to pass on that record funding and deliver a fair deal for local communities.

"The SNP are giving businesses less than a quarter of what they deserve. They are leaving Scottish jobs in the lurch by refusing to deliver the tax cut that thousands of small businesses need to survive and thrive.

"The Greens’ influence in government seems to have put improvements to Scotland's roads in the slow lane. Vital infrastructure projects that would kickstart the Scottish economy are no longer a priority for the SNP.

"Kate Forbes didn't take the opportunity to accelerate Scotland's economic recovery from Covid. Instead, she used this Budget as an opportunity to try and provoke more baseless grievances with the UK Government.

"This Budget has mostly been the same old story from a tired government that is increasingly out of ideas."

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