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Scotland receives £2,000 MORE per person than England… yet the SNP are STILL not happy

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In a hammer blow to Nicola Sturgeon’s independence plans, Treasury figures show public spending in Scotland is higher than the UK average. This means because Scotland remains in the Union it results in a benefit of almost £2,000 per person.

But the SNP slated the figures and further demanded the devolved Scottish Government be handed more financial spending powers, claiming the funding given by Westminster was not enough.

The Nationalists were accused of causing deep and scarring austerity and ignoring the priorities of dealing with coronavirus.

The Treasury’s country and regional analysis report (CRA) found spend per head on public services was £11,566 in Scotland, compared to a UK average of £9,895, a difference of £1,671.

Elsewhere, in Northern Ireland, the figure was £11,987, for Wales it was £10,929 while for England it stood at £9,604.

The report also revealed the Tories spend in Scotland increased by 10.6 percent over the past five years, while the overall UK percentage had grown nine percent.

Of the other UK countries, England had seen the smallest growth in spending with 8.8 percent increase over the last five years.

The Tories said that this meant the “Union dividend” per person had increased 20 percent to £1,671, up from £1,381 in 2015/16 when David Cameron was Prime Minister.

They also warned that should Nicola Sturgeon be successful in her goal to leave the UK, then beneficial Westminster funding issued through the Barnett formula would be withdrawn.

However, the SNP accused Mr Johnson of being restrictive and not helping with fighting the “economic hit” of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is despite Scotland receiving £8.2billion of UK government support due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 79,000 businesses in Scotland have also benefitted from UK Government loan schemes, worth more than £2.9billion and 930,000 jobs have been supported under the Furlough scheme.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: “During the pandemic we have seen the strength of the Union and support from the UK Government provide a lifeline for many Scottish people and businesses.

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“We are taking action to ensure the Scottish economy recovers from these difficult times.”

It comes just weeks after the Scottish Government released their GERS figures revealing total public spending per person in Scotland was £14,829 in 2019/20 £1,663 more than the UK number of £13,196.

The average Scot contributed around £12,058 through taxation, which is £308 less than the UK average.

Reacting to the figures, Tom Arthur MSP, SNP representative on Holyrood’s Finance & Constitution Committee, said: “As an independent country, we will be able to protect businesses and jobs in the same way as other countries large and small around the world, instead of having to fight the economic hit of this pandemic with one hand tied behind our back.

“Scotland needs the financial powers of a normal independent country – something which will become even more urgent once the Tories plough ahead with a No-deal or bad deal Brexit at the end of this year.”

Scottish Conservative economy spokesman Maurice Golden, said: “It is clear that everyone across Scotland benefits tremendously from being supported by the strength of the UK Treasury.

“The SNP Government should warmly welcome that public spending is significantly higher in Scotland than across the rest of the UK.”

Pamela Nash, chief executive of the Scotland in Union campaign group, added: “These latest figures confirm that Scotland is better off in the UK.

“We benefit from a UK dividend that sees resources pooled and shared across the country, meaning we can spend more on our NHS, schools and other public services here in Scotland.

“Under the SNP’s plan to leave the UK, this additional spending would be lost – requiring cuts and tax rises at a time when we are trying to recover from coronavirus.”

Scottish Labour deputy leader Jackie Baillie stressed the figures demonstrated “plainly the benefits to Scotland of the pooling and sharing of resources within the United Kingdom.”

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