Scottish Government responds to disappointing UK Government Summer Statement

8 Jul 2020

Of the £30 billion announced by the Chancellor today to support the UK economy, Scotland will receive only £21 million, less than 0.1%.

 

Responding the UK Chancellor’s Summer Statement today, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes MSP said:

 

“We called for an £80 billion stimulus package to build a strong, green and inclusive economic recovery and while there are elements in this announcement to be welcomed, in particular the measures on VAT for tourism and hospitality, overall this package is a huge opportunity missed. It falls well short of delivering what is needed to boost the economy and protect jobs.

 

“There is no new capital spend, no extension to the furlough scheme for hard-hit sectors and no further support for households in financial difficulty. A half price meal out does not help those struggling to put food on the table.

 

“Many of the initiatives are short-lived and do not provide long term certainty for business or households. Instead they will simply push the problems back to the end of the year when we will also have to deal with the end of the transition period with the EU.”

 

Kenneth Gibson MSP added:

 

“Most  of the Chancellor’s announcement bypasses devolution and does not provide Scotland with the funding needed to enable us to tailor a suitable economic response.

 

“Like all governments, Scotland’s faces huge spending pressures but we do not have the tools that others have to meet them. Along with the Governments of Wales and Northern Ireland, we set out a reasonable, proportionate set of new financial powers that would enable the Scottish Government to respond effectively. Regrettably, the UK Government has turned a deaf ear.”

 

Finance Ministers from each devolved administration had urged the UK Government to ease the financial restrictions imposed on them so they can better respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

 

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