Both UK and Welsh Labour election manifestos call for the Barnett formula – the system used to allocate money to Scotland – to be scrapped.
Here’s why it’s important.
During the referendum on independence the promise was made that the Barnett formula would continue.
The Vow explicitly states that “Because of the continuation of the Barnett allocation for resources, and the powers of the Scottish Parliament to raise revenue, we can state categorically that the final say on how much is spent on the NHS will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.”
Both the UK and Welsh Labour manifestos contain this, identical paragraph.
If you’re wondering what that means, Labour’s First Minister for Wales has explained.
Scottish Labour makes no mention of the plans to scrap the Barnett formula.
In fact, that paragraph that appears in the Welsh and UK Labour manifestos is missing from Scottish Labour’s manifesto.
But that’s not all. Scottish Labour try to claim they’ll use the Barnett formula (yes, the Barnett formula that UK and Welsh Labour have gone into the General Election pledging to scrap) to boost spending in Scotland.
SNP MPs at Westminster will fight to protect the Barnett formula.
As long as part of the Scottish Parliament’s budget continues to be determined by Westminster, we will fight to protect the Barnett formula.