New Westminster cuts highlights need for Yes vote

 

The SNP today focused on the latest round of Westminster cuts coming Scotland’s way – and highlighted the fact that only a Yes vote in September 2014 can save Scotland from years of Tory austerity we didn't vote for.

Reports in today’s newspapers show that Scotland’s block grant is set to be slashed by hundreds of millions of pounds more by UK chancellor George Osborne's cuts agenda - despite Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures showing Scotland is consistently financially stronger than the UK.

A senior UK treasury source has admitted:

"We are making spending reductions across the board. Yes, they will have an impact on the Scottish block grant."

Stewart Hosie MP, the SNP’s Treasury Spokesman at Westminster, said:

“Scotland faces a choice of two futures in next year's referendum - and this latest bombshell shows that a No vote means years more Westminster cuts, compared to being charge of our own abundant resources with Yes.

“The people of Scotland did not vote for this Tory-led government or its failed austerity agenda - and only a Yes vote gives Scotland the powers needed to build a fairer society and stronger economy.

“The official figures prove beyond any doubt that Scotland more than pays her way in the UK. The reality is that Scotland subsidises the rest of the UK – not the other way round. And yet the Westminster system continues to cut Scotland’s money.

“Scotland has paid more tax per person than the UK average in every single one of the last 30 years - we can more than afford to be independent - and the dismal prospect of yet more cruel Westminster cuts shows why we need to vote Yes.

“While the UK government slashes Scotland's budget and the No campaign tries to talk Scotland down – and bizarrely argues that having access to billions of pounds of oil tax revenues is somehow a bad thing for Scotland but a good thing for Westminster – these cuts help illustrate the compelling case for the people of Scotland to vote Yes in the referendum.”

ENDS

Notes:

Hundreds of millions to be cut from Scots block grant: http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/political-news/hundreds-of-millions-to-be-cut-from-scots-block-grant.21208769

Scotland’s balance sheet: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0041/00418420.pdf