UK budget must meet Scottish budget tests

21 Nov 2017 03:25 PM

Call for measures to offset Brexit threat.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has reiterated calls for the UK Government to use the Autumn Budget to support economic growth in the wake of continued Brexit uncertainty and set out measures to protect households from further austerity.  

Re-iterating the Scottish Government’s expectations for the budget, the Finance Secretary called on the UK Government to take the following measures to help grow Scotland’s economy and protect public services:

Speaking ahead of the UK Government’s Autumn Budget, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said:

“The Scottish Government remains resolute in our opposition to the UK Government’s austerity agenda which disproportionately hurts the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

“The Chancellor must meet key tests in his Autumn Budget to repair some of this damage, to recognise the serious challenges we are facing as a result of Brexit and to bring forward substantial measures to boost the economy and ease the pressure on the public sector and those who work in it.

“Mr Hammond must reverse his plans to cut an additional £3.5bn, halt his £600m reduction for Scotland’s Railways and finally address the issue of Police and Fire VAT that has cost Scotland’s emergency services £140m to date.

“And the UK Government must use this opportunity to stop the damage being done to individual households by the roll out of Universal Credit and welfare cuts.

“I have provided a consistent and comprehensive case for a better settlement for Scotland, and expect the Chancellor to respond positively.”


The Finance Secretary’s letter to the Chancellor was issued on 10th November.