Opposition politicians urge Scots to move into financial nightmare 

It’s not just the financial nightmare of Brexit that Westminster obsessed politicians want the people of Scotland to resign themselves to.

Following the publication and announcement of the Scottish Government’s budget, Westminster party politicians claimed that Scots would move to England because the half a billion pounds for the NHS was funded by a tax increase on higher earners.

However, analysis of the costs of such a move reveal that people choosing to live in Scotland are significantly better off than those living in England.

In effect, Scotland’s Westminster obsessed politicians were encouraging people to move into a financial nightmare.

Findings show that average house prices in England at the time at £306,000 compared to £191,000 in Scotland.

This would result in a yearly mortgage repayment of up to £22,392 compared to £13,980 in Scotland – a difference of £8,412.

For London, where Labour’s Ian Murray claimed people would move, would see an even worse outcome. The average house price in London is now at £516,000 which would result in a yearly mortgage repayment of over £37,764 – a staggering £23,784 difference.

The opposition also failed to mention that purchasing a property in England would also incur significant stamp duty charges of an average of £2,800 for England and £13,300 in London.

And those are just the costs of moving house.

Choosing to live in Scotland also ensures:

  • Free prescriptions – the average Scot receives 19 prescriptions per year, saving £183.35. In England prescription charges are £9.65 per single visit.
  • Lower council tax – the average Band D rate in Scotland is £648 lower than Tory-run England.
  • Free tuition – a saving of up to £9,250 for each year of study.
  • Access to the baby box – providing essential items for the first six months of a child’s life.
  • Free personal and nursing care for everyone who needs it.
  • Free bus travel for over 2 million people in Scotland.

These house prices and Scottish Government support lay bare exactly how beneficial it is to live, work and raise a family in Scotland.

With lower mortgage prices and the SNP Government’s council tax freeze, being a homeowner in Scotland is significantly more financially rewarding than in England – with Scottish household budgets potentially thousands of pounds better off.

Free tuition and prescriptions, access to the baby box and support from Social Security Scotland are just some of the ways we are ensuring that everyone in Scotland has access to the education, healthcare and support they require without financial barriers.

Despite significant financial pressures caused by Westminster economic chaos and cuts, the SNP Government is continuing to do everything possible to make Scotland a fairer, equal and more prosperous country to live in.

They also expose how the Westminster obsessed opposition in Scotland don’t want you to know decisions made in Scotland are better for the people of Scotland, compared to those made by those Westminster parties. Imagine how better things would be if Scotland could escape Tory Brexit Britain and had the powers Westminster currently controls.