Robison: Spring Budget 'betrayal' of public services in Scotland

The deputy first minister said Jeremy Hunt's budget meant 'not a penny of extra money for capital in Scotland'.

The deputy first minister has said Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget is a “betrayal ” of public services in Scotland.

Shona Robinson, who is also finance secretary, had urged the chancellor to avoid tax cuts ahead of his budget, which he laid out at Westminster on Wednesday.

The chancellor announced a 2p cut to National Insurance while the windfall tax on North Sea oil and gas firms will be extended for another year.

Among the measures announced on Wednesday, Hunt said the Scottish Government will receive another £300m extra in Barnett consequentials.

Robinson told STV News it was a “bad deal”, adding: “This is a budget that is not balanced, and like the Autumn Budget, it is at the expense of investment in public services and particularly on our capital budget.

“There is not a penny of extra money for capital in Scotland, that’s no extra money for affordable housing or health facilities.

“It is not good for Scotland and I think the judgement of the people of Scotland will be that it is a bad deal for Scotland.”

It comes amid a £200m cut to housing which was announced during the Scottish Government’s budget in December – despite several councils declaring a housing emergency.

Robison said she was forced to make the cut because the Scottish Government has seen a decrease in its capital budget from Westminster.

She said of the newly-announced £300m in Barnett consequentials coming to Scotland, around £237m will go to health.

Robison had already committed £62.7m in Barnett funds from the UK Government going to councils.

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