SNP Demand Furlough Cash Despite Underspending By £580 Million Last Year

The SNP’s Finance Minister Kate Forbes has insisted Scotland needs around £500 million in Covid support from Westminster to combat Omicron. Sturgeon has been talking to Boris today begging for more English taxpayers’ cash. By coincidence, the call comes just a day after Scotland’s Auditor General, Stephen Boyle, said that Holyrood needed to be “more transparent” in how it spends public money, with the Scottish Government somehow underspending its budget by £580 million last year. Guido’s double-checked on a calculator, and that would definitely still leave an extra £80 million in pocket change…

Speaking yesterday, Boyle said:

“The Scottish Government now needs to be more proactive in showing where and how this money was spent, and show a clearer line from budgets to funding announcements to actual spending. This will support scrutiny and transparency of a matter of such significant public interest and importance.” 

Sturgeon herself has written a letter to Boris Johnson demanding a return of the furlough scheme, either centrally or as a devolved power, with Scotland “given access to the financial support needed to deploy these schemes.” The SNP does have a habit of having cash inexplicably disappear into thin air, so perhaps that £580 million just isn’t lying around anymore…

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Scotland’s Catastrophic Deficit Figures

The latest stats are out for Scotland’s economy, and they make dire reading for the SNP. Scotland’s deficit between money spent and income raised has more than doubled in 2020/21 to £36.3 billion. Almost as much as the entire Holyrood budget…

This represents a deficit of 22.4% of GDP for the year – up from 8.8% in 2019/20. By comparison, the UK’s national figure hit 14.5%. Scotland’s 22.4% stands in contrast to the 10.4% after the financial crash in 2009/10.

English taxpayers subsidised the Scots to the tune of £2,200 each during the pandemic thanks to record deficit. Finance Secretary Kate Forbes’ statement in responding to the data conspicuously omitted any mention of independence, claiming the pandemic had “fundamentally shifted our fiscal landscape”. Not one to be swayed into responding to reality, Nicola Sturgeon has told the press it is not a barrier to independence. It would be a significant barrier to joining in the EU however…

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