June 18, 2020

New figures the SNP Government has maximised its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through efficient budgeting.

The 2019/20 Provisional Budget Outturn reveals a 0.7% underspend - two days of revenue - on a total budget of £34.6 billion due to the coronavirus crisis, with all of the £258 million underspend carried forward and most ha...

August 21, 2019

Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures published today, show that Scotland benefitted from a £3 billion increase in onshore revenues in the last year – the fastest growth since 2010-11.

This revenue increase was supported by income tax and VAT growth of over 7%. Income tax grew by £850 million, and VAT by £750 million.

Meanwhil...

July 8, 2019

Construction work has begun on a £19.5 million Largs council housing development, made possible with a £7.26 million grant from the SNP Government.

The Flatt Road development will comprise 122 homes, including 54 for general needs, 22 supported accommodation units, 18 amenity bungalows and a 28-unit sheltered housing complex.

The sheltered housing...

March 20, 2019

On Tuesday, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP delivered a Ministerial Statement on the UK Government's 2019 Spring Statement, discussing its implications for the economy and public spending in Scotland.

Kenneth took the opportunity to ask what Barnett consequentials the UK Government should and will deliver in relation to the Stronger Towns Fund...

March 8, 2019

On Thursday, Kenneth spoke in the debate on the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order. 

He was able to highlight that the resource and capital available to North Ayrshire Council will increase by £26.66 million, from £279.842 million to £306.502 million - a 9.5 per cent uplift. I also reiterated that Cunninghame North will also benefit from...

February 3, 2019

The Scottish Parliament has voted to support the SNP Government’s budget, which offers economic stability while giving a cash boost to the NHS, schools and other vital services

Despite successive UK Labour, Coalition and Tory Government austerity cuts which leave Scotland almost £2 billion (7%) worse off than a decade ago, the SNP Government Budg...

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