Jacob Rees-Mogg mocks SNP’s independence demands
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Despite the record funding, the SNP’s finance minister, Kate Forbes, is set to unveil her own Budget next week and has claimed it is set against a “challenging fiscal backdrop”. She also insisted the UK Government has decided to reduce day-to-day spending. Ms Forbes said: “Set against a challenging fiscal backdrop as a result of the UK Government’s decision to reduce Scotland’s day-to-day spending by removing ongoing Covid funding, despite the continuing impacts of the pandemic.
“The Budget I will present on Thursday will enable the Scottish Government to make good on our promise to build a fairer, greener Scotland.
“That is our social, economic and environmental imperative.
“While the pandemic may have defined our lives in recent times, the Scottish Government is determined it does not define our future.
“The 2022-2023 Scottish Budget that I will present on Thursday is another stepping stone towards a fairer, greener, more prosperous future.”
Despite Ms Forbes’ comments, the Chancellor’s new funding plan for Scotland is the largest annual funding settlement since devolution began 20 years ago.
Indeed, Mr Sunak claimed Scotland would receive an additional £4.6billion per year spending boost as part of the Budget and Spending Review in October.
Hitting back at Ms Forbes, the Scottish Labour Party called for a review into how the money from the Budget, is spent.
The party’s finance spokesman, Daniel Johnson called for a review which, “line by line”, points to where public money is spent.
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He 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.
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“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.”
The new funding announced in October represented a 2.4 percent rise in the Scottish Government’s budget each year.
In further detail, the Scottish Government will receive £126 per person in comparison to £100 per person in England.
Eight projects north of the border will also receive £172million from the Levelling Up Fund.
Farmers will also reveal £1.9billion while fisheries will receive an extra £42.2million.
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