Paisley’s MSP has welcomed the SNP Government’s ambitious draft budget – which includes record funding of £16 billion for our health and social care services – and urged MSPs from all parties to support it. 

Today, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes announced her budget, which focuses on three key guiding principles – a national mission for new, good, and green jobs; promotion of lifelong health and wellbeing; driving equality, and helping our young people to achieve their potential. 

Ms Forbes announced record funding of over £16 billion for our NHS and social care sector, £3.5 billion for social security and welfare payments, and investment of £2.7 billion in education and skills – with total investment increasing by £3.8 billion.

While welcoming this package of diverse and critical investment, George Adam raised the issue of managing the expenditure within the consequentials that are provided by the UK Government and asked the Cabinet Secretary if the current fiscal levers that are available to the Scottish Government are sufficient to ensure demand can be met in the future.

Paisley’s MSP said: 

“This budget has been delivered in exceptional circumstances as we continue to battle a global pandemic and face the harmful impacts of a Tory Brexit we didn’t vote for.

“Since the start of this crisis, the SNP Government has responded quickly and decisively to tackle the continued threats of the virus, while doing all it can to secure social and economic recovery – and that is definitely something this budget will continue to do. 

“I sincerely hope that MSPs from all political parties will back this Budget and join the SNP in committing to investing in jobs and education, resourcing public services for the challenges ahead – with record funding for our health and social care sector – and supporting households at a time of real uncertainty.

“Despite record investment from the Scottish Government, there is a limit to what they can do so long as we remain tethered to Tory, Brexit Britain. That’s why giving the people of Paisley – and wider Scotland – a choice over their future is the only way we can ensure our country comes out of these unprecedented times stronger than ever.”