New figures reveal £220M gap in this years budget

Scotland’s public services are set to suffer to the tune of £1.7 billion over the next five years, official figures confirmed today.

The gaping hole was revealed as it was confirmed the SNP is on course to collect significantly less in tax revenues that it had anticipated.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission forecast also showed there is an immediate £220 million gap to plug in this year’s budget in comparison to the projections set out in February.

And GPD figures have also been revised down. Scotland’s economic growth is now not expected to exceed one per cent until 2024 at the earliest.

The plummeting performance of Scotland’s economy could mean even more tax rises, increased borrowing and further cuts to public services to fill the gap.

These devastating statistics are the latest indictment of the separatist's economic negligence. It's high time the SNP sorted this mess out instead of continuing their stoking of division and grievance with relentless calls for a second independence referendum.

Cllr Alastair Redman