When we cut through the Tory spin, Rishi Sunak’s UK Budget falls apart under the slightest scrutiny.
This Budget – with the combination of Tory welfare cuts, misplaced tax hikes and a damaging Brexit – leaves millions of Scottish families worse off.
Here’s a summary of what it all means, and how experts have responded.
The IFS: millions of people will be worse off next year
The Institute of Fiscal Studies confirmed that as a result of inflation and Tory tax rises on working people, millions of people will be worse off after Rishi Sunak’s Budget.
Contrasting Sunak’s “optimism” spin with reality, Paul Johnson, director of the IFS, said: “the outlook for living standards does not match his upbeat tone“.
📉 Scotland's resource budget is being slashed by over 7%
🚨 Millions of families are hit by the Universal Credit cut
📣 The IFS Director called the Budget "actually awful"
👇 Tories tried to shout down the facts, but they can’t hide the truth of Rishi Sunak’s brutal Budget. pic.twitter.com/JBfJE4Nw9r
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 28, 2021
Senior economist: “this is actually awful”
Paul Johnson of the IFS has branded the Budget as “actually awful” – highlighting the Tory cost of living crisis.
This means that amid rising food prices, petrol prices and skyrocketing energy bills under the Tories, the everyday costs will increase even more.
This is actually awful. Yet more years of real incomes barely growing. High inflation, rising taxes, poor growth keeping living standards virtually stagnant for another half a decade https://t.co/JAWgMLAxjg
— Paul Johnson (@PJTheEconomist) October 27, 2021
The OBR: Tory hard Brexit will hit the UK economy twice as hard as Covid
During the height of the Covid crisis, we had to lock down enormous swathes of the economy to save lives – with a profound impact on all of us.
Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, but now we’re all forced to pay a heavy price of Brexit – which will slash the UK’s GDP by around 4%.
OBR confirming that long term they think Brexit will have a bigger impact on UK GDP than the pandemic. https://t.co/g0Tnb9mH9B
— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) October 27, 2021
Resolution Foundation: households face £3,000 hit as a result of Tory policies
The Resolution Foundation said that the measures since Boris Johnson came to power, including ones in this UK Budget, will increase the UK’s tax burden to around £3000 per year, per household.
Of the 4.4 million households on Universal Credit, around 75% will be worse off due to the Tory cut to Universal Credit – despite Rishi Sunak’s new measures to reduce the taper rate.
An analysis of yesterday’s budget by the Resolution Foundation has concluded that the average household will pay £3,000 more in tax as a result of Rishi Sunak's proposals https://t.co/iWOkN7M0yy
— The Times (@thetimes) October 28, 2021
Former Pensions Minister: pensioners lose out on £520 next year
Sir Steve Webb, former Pensions Minister under the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government, revealed how the Tories are hammering pensioners’ incomes.
The UK Budget has fallen apart under scrutiny.
We now know that millions of Scottish workers, families, and pensioners will be worse off as a result of Tory cuts, tax hikes and the soaring cost of Brexit.
At the worst possible time, the Tories have chosen to make people poorer. pic.twitter.com/y5vbOoi1Vg
— Ian Blackford (@Ianblackford_MP) October 28, 2021
Scottish block grant is being cut by Westminster
Despite Rishi Sunak pretending there has been an increase in the block grant for Scotland, the reality is the opposite.
The Scottish Government will receive less grant funding than it has in 2021-2022, amounting to a 7.1% decrease in the resource budget.
Rishi Sunak has also refused to extend last year’s Barnett Guarantee, which ensured the certainty on the amount of Barnett consequential funding that Scotland receives – forcing the Scottish Government to act with one hand tied behind its back.
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Rishi Sunak 'short-changes Scotland' with his Budget 'for the Union' as SNP say millions will be worse off and devolution will be undermined pic.twitter.com/1u9Toz2M0z
— The National (@ScotNational) October 28, 2021
The UK already has the worst levels of poverty and inequality in North West Europe – this Budget only inflicts more pain
Recent research revealed that out of all 13 neighbouring countries, the UK suffers the worst levels of poverty and inequality – as well as the least generous pensions, and the lowest social security payments.
Instead of addressing these problems, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak chose to make them worse.
Only with the powers of independence, Scotland can build a fairer, wealthier society – free from the damaging decisions of Tory governments we don’t vote for.
📉 The OBR said we will lose 4% of our GDP because of Brexit – twice the economic impact of Covid.
📣 The Director of the IFS described Rishi Sunak's Budget as "actually awful".
— Yes (@YesScot) October 28, 2021