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Deputy First Minister John Swinney today set out the Scottish Government spending plans to create a fairer and more prosperous Scotland. At the heart of the Budget is the recognition that a strong economy is only successful, if it is underpinned by a society that is fair and equitable.
Setting out the budget to parliament, Mr Swinney said the plans respond to Scotland’s improving economic conditions and would enhance economic growth, tackle inequalities and continue to protect and invest in Scotland’s public services.
The Finance Secretary also put key public services of health and education at the heart of the budget confirming an increase of £383m in frontline health spending next year and setting out the government’s commitment to our teaching workforce and their key role in raising attainment and tackling inequality with £51m investment to maintain teacher numbers and £20m of new spending to improve educational life chances for all.
The Scottish budget is set against the context of cuts by Westminster to the Scottish Government’s Fiscal DEL budget of around 10 per cent in real terms over five years, including capital spending cuts of over 25 per cent in real terms.
Mr Swinney set out the following key additions to the original budget today:
- An increased investment in energy efficiency of £20m to provide a total budget of £114m.
- An additional £127m for frontline healthcare in our NHS taking our total additional resource investment for 2015-16 to £383 million.
- A further £10m in addition to the previously allocated £41m of funding for local authorities who commit to maintain teacher numbers.
- £20m additional funding to tackle educational inequality and raise attainment.
- £15 million held to support prudent management of tax revenues in 2015-16.
- £3.9m to support cycling and walking infrastructure.
- £200,000 to progress the Fair Work agenda.