Whether it’s Brexit, City Deals, pensions or welfare, Tory governments in Westminster have a long history of short-change in Scotland.
In total, the figure comes to £10.3billion – or £2,000 per person in Scotland.
This is the price of Westminster control: far from a ‘race to the top’ or a ‘Union dividend’, Scotland is repeatedly subjected to damaging cuts and rulings.
£1.3billion: ‘leveling up’ funding promised but not delivered
Boris Johnson and Michael Gove ran a Brexit campaign that pledged £1.5billion a year for Scottish devolved services when the UK left the EU.
Instead, much of the ‘leveling up’ funding will go to bolster Tory seats in England.
£1.4bn: Easing UK government social cuts
The Scottish government is to spend more than £1.4billion to ease some of the UK Conservative government’s welfare cuts, which are inflicting further suffering during a Tory cost-of-living crisis.
This includes £646million for our Scottish Child Payment – the only measure in the UK designed to lift children out of poverty – which we have now doubled to £20 a week.
We are spending £418million over six years on discretionary housing payments, to alleviate the Tory room tax.
And our £372m Scottish Welfare Fund is helping take some of the burden of Tory cuts on struggling families.
We introduced and are doubling Scottish Child Payment – but Tory austerity policies are reversing the progress we are making and pushing more people into poverty.
✂️ Every time Scotland takes a step forward, British Conservative governments take us backwards.
🗳️ Let’s choose a better future. pic.twitter.com/hCq83KIqSx
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 1, 2022
£420m: shortfall in city growth deals
Six township deals across Scotland remain short-term by Westminster to the tune of £420million – which equates to around £439 per household in those areas.
Despite all the talk of ‘race to the top’, the UK government is failing to match Scottish government funding for city deals.
In the Aberdeen city area, for example, the Scottish government is providing £379m of funding, compared to just £125m from the UK government.
£1 billion: UK government’s broken promise of carbon capture facility
In 2014, the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government confirmed that the North East would be the site of a carbon capture facility, should Scotland vote ‘No’ in the referendum.
In 2015, the Tory manifesto repeated that promise and valued it at £1billion – but after winning the election they reneged on that promise.
Boris Johnson again promised a carbon capture facility and in October 2021 strongly hinted it would go to the northeast of Scotland. He didn’t – with money diverted to England instead.
📣 In 2014, the UK government promised Scotland a new carbon capture and storage facility.
❌ Now they have broken that promise and instead opted to divert the funds to England.
🤦🏼 And where are the Scottish Tories? Alongside Boris Johnson, as always. pic.twitter.com/OZXzfo9f6b
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 22, 2021
£125million: Scottish police and firefighters harmed by UK government
Scottish police and firefighters are losing £125million in VAT, which has still not been compensated despite being abolished in 2017.
No other territorial force in the UK had to pay VAT.
After conceding the principle that it is unfair to charge VAT only to Scottish services, the UK government refused to refund the money, at a time when services were already struggling due to Tory austerity.
£103m: Our NHS harmed by UK government
Despite pledging to fund the change in pension costs for NHS employers, the UK government has only provided £280m of the £328m needed – a shortfall of £48million.
On top of that, the UK government has cut our health service by £55million in 2020, from its claimed level of Barnett consequences.
£3billion: Scotland’s ‘divorce bill’ for a Brexit we never voted for
In 2014, the ‘no’ campaign famously promised that voting ‘no’ was the only way to secure our membership in the EU.
In 2016, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU – with 32 out of 32 local authorities voting against Brexit.
Despite this, Scotland has been completely ignored by the UK government and forced to pay a £3 billion ‘divorce bill’ for a Brexit imposed on the Scottish people against our will.
🚨 A new report from the ONS shows that the Scottish economy has fallen by 6% following Brexit.
✖️In contrast, Northern Ireland’s economy has thrived in the EU single market.
📣 The only way to ensure a better Scotland is to become an independent country. pic.twitter.com/dNJrCH0CVs
— The SNP (@theSNP) December 2, 2021
£290m: Shorted by UK government for council tax refund
Rishi Sunak had made huge fanfare over how Westminster would provide Scotland with extra money to tackle the cost of living crisis.
However, Kate Forbes has confirmed that £290m of consequences was not provided by the UK government – money that could have provided every household in Scotland with an extra £115 of support.
£151m: Scotland short of replacement EU funding
The UK government’s Shared Prosperity Fund is failing to deliver the promised funding for Scotland after Brexit, which we never voted for.
While under the EU Scotland would receive around £183m for 2022-23, the replacement money offered by the UK is just £32m.
This means communities across the country will miss out on around £150m of investment.
£2.6bn: The cost of the Tories’ broken pension promise
By reneging on their 2019 manifesto promise to maintain the Triple Lock pension guarantee, the Tories are missing out on Scottish pensioners by £2.6billion.
This amounts to each pensioner losing £520 a year, for the next 5 years.
We are all paying the price for British Conservative governments.
⬆️ Rising energy prices
⬆️ Rising food prices
⬆️ Increase in taxes on workers
✂️ Universal Credit Discounts
💸 Tax reductions for bankers
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— The SNP (@theSNP) April 5, 2022
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