‘Dont give SNP one more penny!’ Britons rage at extra £4.6billion sent to Scotland

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Scotland has been granted an extra £4.6billion from Westminster, on top of the £41billion Budget the nation is due to receive. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said Scotland’s new Budget showed the “indisputable fiscal benefit” of being part of the United Kingdom, adding that the cash injection was the largest granted to Scotland in decades.

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The Scottish Government will receive £126 per person in comparison to £100 per person in England.

In a poll of 17,604 Express readers, held from December 6 to 8, 91 percent of voters said Mr Sunak should not have approved the extra funding, whilst just three percent were happy with his choice.

Four percent of voters said he should have approved a smaller sum, one percent said he should have approved a larger sum, and a further one percent were not sure what to think of the decision.

Ms Forbes said it would be a “tough” budget for some departments and “inevitably there is never enough money for everybody to be happy”.

A Scottish Express reader, nicknamed ‘Almighty’, said: “From a Scot living in England and having seen both sides. I wouldn’t give the SNP one penny more.”

Another, ‘Charlton 2930’, said: “I thought the aim of the Tory party was to level up the UK. Seems everyone else is getting more funding while England pays for it.”

Fears were expressed by voters that the extra £4.6billion might be spent on the SNP’s Scottish independence campaign, rather than communities.

A reader named ‘Plainspeaking’ said: “So the triple lock was suspended because it would cost Around 5billion but the government can waste 4.6 billion on the SNP independence slush fund.”

Ms Forbes said tackling child poverty, helping businesses recover from Covid, and the transition to “net zero” carbon emissions would be key priorities in Scotland’s Budget.

Although Holyrood’s budget is bigger now than at any point pre-pandemic, Ms Forbes argued that the UK Government had reduced “Scotland’s day-to-day spending by removing ongoing Covid funding, despite the continuing impacts of the pandemic”.

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After Ms Forbes claimed the record-high cash booster was not enough, the Scottish Labour Party called for a review into how the money from the Budget, is spent.

The party’s finance spokesman, Daniel Johnson, said: “After 14 years, the gap between the SNP’s rhetoric and reality on investing in Scotland’s future is eye-watering.

“To jumpstart a meaningful recovery from the pandemic and invest in an ambitious future, we’ve got to make sure every penny is spent wisely.

“The SNP’s broken financial promises have smothered Scotland’s potential for too long.

“We need an ambitious Budget with clear priorities for Scotland’s recovery.

“We need a clear picture of what we are trying to achieve – and if it’s working.

“Transparency and efficiency must be at the heart of our economic recovery.

“The days of short-term thinking must end.”

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