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Does Scotland want the UK (basically the English taxpayers) to start questioning all funding, including the Barnett formula?

Scotland’s creative sector is set to miss out on nearly £1.5bn of investment from the licence fee over the next decade, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has claimed.  From the £320m raised annually by licence fee payers in Scotland, only £176.5m is spent in Scotland.

If Scotland received the same rate of licence fee investment as BBC Wales it would see spending increase here by over £140m every year.  Ms Hyslop has long called for a fairer investment from the BBC for Scotland, which the latest charter, published last month, failed to address.

Researched Links:

ScotGov:  Scottish creative sector could miss out on £1.5bn

IFS:  “Flaw” in Barnett formula protects Scotland & Northern Ireland from hundreds of millions of cuts

IFS:  ‘Business and usual? The Barnett formula, business rates and further tax devolution’

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