“This Budget strengthens our social contract with every citizen of Scotland who will continue to enjoy many benefits not available throughout the UK.” John Swinney, Deputy FM
“Scotland’s growing range of fair and compassionate benefits is a testament to the country we strive to be.”
“Yes, money is tight, but Scottish Government has made political choices. Cuts to our core budget hit the most vulnerable in our communities the hardest and are damaging to our workforce – Scottish Government needs to consider this seriously. ” COSLA Vice President Councillor Steven Heddle
The SNP has estimated that under Tory plans for income tax, health and social services would be hit by devastating cuts with NHS Orkney losing £4.1million of funding.
39% of Scottish adults (1.8 million individuals) are not affected by the 2023-24 policy changes as their income is below the UK-wide Personal Allowance.
James Stockan has called the Scottish Government funding to Orkney ‘the worst in Scotland’.
“This Budget focuses on tackling the climate emergency, reducing inequalities and supporting economic recovery. “
” I wish to thank the Scottish Green Party for securing a £800 pay rise (per annum, pro rata) for most public sector workers in Scotland in the recently agreed Scottish Budget. “
“The local government settlement will help to fund those vital public services that are much valued and needed. “
A roundup of views across the political spectrum.