GERS - SCOTLAND NEEDS FINANCIAL CONTROL TO BUILD JOBS AND GROWTH

CUTS COMING DOWN TRACK ARE ALL FROM WESTMINSTER AUSTERITY


Scottish Government figures published today show Scotland's fiscal position improved over the past year with the deficit falling by £2bn, compared to a UK deficit of £97.2bn.

The Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland 2013-14 figures also show tax take in Scotland for the last financial year was £400 per head higher than the rest of the UK.

This means that tax revenues in Scotland have now been higher per person than in the rest of the UK for each of the last 34 years. Over the last five years, this additional revenue has totalled £4,100 per person.

However, further Westminster austerity cuts risk a fall of £1,000 in day-to-day spending per head of around £15bn– highlighting the need for Scotland to be in charge of our own tax and spending.

Commenting on the publication of the figures, SNP MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald said:

"The cuts that are coming down the track are all from Westminster austerity - between 2014/15 and 2019/20 alone, day-to-day spending per head is forecast to fall by £1,000 per head.

“In Scotland, this would be equivalent to a cumulative cut of £15 billion to our budget over the five years to 2019/20 - that is the unacceptable price of Scottish finances and welfare policy being controlled by Westminster, which will continue to be the case after the Smith Commission proposals are implemented.

"In contrast today’s figures show that Scotland's finances are robust and improving - despite record capital investment in the North Sea lowering oil revenues. For 34 years in a row, Scotland has generated more tax per head than the UK average - £400 higher in 2013/14.

"Labour's toxic alliance with the Tories forged during the referendum is alive and well - they recently voted arm in arm with the Tories for £30 billion more cuts while also planning to spend £100 billion on Trident renewal.

"It is clear that Scotland needs to be in charge of our own tax and spending - and a strong team of SNP MPs will use our clout to get full control of these job-creating powers so that we can build an economic policy based on job and growth - and keep the proceeds of growth in Scotland."

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