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PAISLEY MSP: UK GOVERNMENT BUDGET DOES NOT DELIVER FOR SCOTLAND

George on Paisley High StreetSNP MSP George Adam has criticised the UK Government for failing the people of Paisley following this year’s Budget announcement.

After promising to end austerity, the UK Government’s budget has in fact failed Scottish people, with Scotland’s resource block grant almost £2 billion lower in real terms next year than it was less than a decade ago.

The Budget does not deliver on the promises of a rise in public spending – Scotland’s NHS has been short-changed, the disastrous roll-out of Universal Credit has not been halted, and the richest 10% of the UK population will be the ones who benefit most from Tory tax cuts.

George said:

“This Tory Budget falls a long way short of delivering for the people of Scotland.

“Working people will be £1,600 worse off thanks to their mishandling of Brexit, and the changes in this year’s Budget do nothing to alleviate the untold damage this will do.

“The reality of this Budget is that the Tories have dug themselves a deeper hole, with no clue how to get out of it. People in Paisley, and across Scotland, are getting a bad deal with the Tories.

“The SNP will not support Tory tax cuts for the richest at the expense of the poor.

“Instead of ploughing on with more harmful austerity, the UK Government should commit to a realistic plan for investment in public services, to grow the economy and to boost jobs, incomes and living standards.

“This budget has exposed in stark terms the democratic deficit of the UK, and why we need full powers over Scotland’s finances to grow our economy and build a fairer country.”

 

 

SNP Budget Protects Public Services

Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers – And Lower Taxes For Many

The Scottish Government’s budget protects low and middle income earners and delivers for public services and public sector workers, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam has said – after Finance Secretary Derek Mackay laid his plans before the Scottish Parliament.

The budget delivers progressive reforms to Scotland’s income tax system, with modest increases on high earners while a majority of taxpayers will pay less than in the rest of the UK. Polling has found that most Scots back an increase in income tax for those who can afford it.

Mr Mackay also outlined plans to spend an additional £400 million on the NHS, an expansion in childcare, more spending on broadband, extra funding for our police and fire services – and a pay rise for hard-working public sector employees.

Commenting, George said:

“This is a budget for a stronger economy and a fairer society – with increased funding for our NHS and protection for low and middle income earners.

“The Scottish Government is delivering lower income tax for the vast majority of Scots, with every worker earning less than £33,000 paying less in tax next year – while protecting public services across Paisley that we all hold dear.

“This budget brings an additional £400 million for our NHS, delivers a pay rise for public sector workers, £756 million for affordable homes, additional funding for the arts and culture sector, a £4 billion investment in infrastructure, including in superfast broadband – as well as significant investments in research, education and childcare.

“In the face of the challenges presented by a cut to Scottish Government funding, ongoing Tory austerity, and their extreme Brexit – this budget provides the investment we need to meet these challenges and seize the opportunities of tomorrow.”

Budget to Protect Scotland

George, the new PLO to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong LearningThis year’s budget at the Scottish Parliament was announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney today.  In his statement it was stated that the NHS budget will be protected alongside the local government budget against the cuts being made by the Tories and Lib-Dems at Westminster.

 

Speaking on the budget Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

‘Once again it is up to the SNP Government to protect Scotland against Westminster cuts.

 

‘While the NHS is being privatised in England, which then means Scotland gets less money for our NHS, the SNP are maintaining investment for the NHS.

 

‘The Tories have cut the local government budget by almost 19% since 2013, again this has been passed on to the Scottish Government.  This Government will protect local government funding right through to 2016.  Very different priorities.

 

‘Cuts imposed by Westminster, protection offered by the SNP Government.

 

‘Anyone can see we have different priorities on important public services.

 

‘Along with £23 million being used to alleviate the Bedroom Tax attack by the Tories this government is offering protection to the people of Scotland.

 

‘We must have a debate.  Is this the type of Scottish Parliament that we want?  To react to attacks from Westminster?

 

‘Decisions about the people of Scotland should be made by the people of Scotland.  That can only be delivered through independence.’

 

 

Other aspects of the budget.

 

To support the economy the budget will:

  • Fully fund 125 additional hours of early learning and childcare to a total of over £190 million
  • Drive investment in affordable housing of over £1.35 billion over 4 years
  • Provide £24m for a National Performance Centre for Sport
  • Secure £8bn of infrastructure investment over the next two years

To help our people and communities to thrive the budget will:

  • Invest £522m in colleges next year rising to £526m in 2015-16
  • Provide at least £68m in each of the next two years to mitigate the impact of UK welfare cuts and a further £20m this financial year to limit the impact of the bedroom tax
  • £33m per year for the Scottish Welfare Fund
  • Maintain a council tax freeze across Scotland
  • Maintain the council tax reduction scheme
  • Continue the social wage commitments including free prescriptions, concessionary travel and free personal care

To support Public Services the budget will:

  • Protect the NHS budget
  • Protect the Local Government budget
  • Maintain a Scottish living wage for public sector workers
  • Reject UK plans to reform pay progression
  • Continued support for the three Change Funds, driving a shift to more preventative approaches
  • Provide £120m funding in 2015-16 to assist health and social care integration