News from Scotland in Union – Wednesday 9th March
Responding to the release of the Government and Expenditure Revenue Scotland figures, Alastair Cameron, Director of Scotland in Union, said:
“The Scottish Government’s own figures confirm the benefits of our place in the UK.
“If we had voted Yes in the referendum, Scotland would be preparing to become an independent country by the end of the month. We can see now just how challenging this would have been against a backdrop of falling oil revenue.
“As ever, Scotland is making a full contribution, and the amount of tax we raise is broadly in line with the UK. But the good news is that we also benefit from significantly higher spending than the rest of the UK.
“There is no doubt the low oil revenue means Scotland would be facing deep cuts or punitive tax rises right now if we were not backed by the strength of the UK. No matter how they voted in the referendum 18 months ago, most Scots will agree this would not be the right time for us to leave the UK.
“Just a few weeks ago, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon fought tooth and nail to ensure the principle of ‘no detriment’ applied to Scotland with the transfer of new tax powers. If she applies the same principle to independence, she will rule out a second referendum for a very long time.”
Notes to editors:
Scotland benefits from c£7.5 billion or £1,400 extra per head compared to the UK average or c£8 billion or £1,500 extra compared to the rest of the UK
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