Spending Review

Angus MP Kirstene Hair has said the UK Government is “delivering” for Scotland after the Chancellor announced Holyrood’s budget was in line for a £1.2bilion budget boost.

Sajid Javid confirmed in his spending review speech in the House of Commons today that the Scottish Government would be in line for a major windfall.

The £1.2billion is coming to Scotland through the Barnett formula following spending commitments south of the border.

In addition, Mr Javid said that Scottish farmers would receive £160million in back-dated convergence funding following a long-running campaign for the Scottish Conservatives.

Ms Hair has lobbied government ministers since her election in 2017 for farmers to be given the money they were due.

Speaking following today’s announcement, the local MP said:

“This is fantastic news and shows that this UK government is delivering for Scotland.

“This Barnett boost means the nationalists have significantly more money to invest in key areas than they thought.

“That’s cash that Scotland simply would not have if Nicola Sturgeon were to succeed in her bid to break up the UK.

“I am also very pleased that the new Prime Minister has responded to our calls to settle the £160million convergence funding issue with Scottish farmers.

“This will help right a historic wrong, and put our rural economy on a firmer footing as we prepare to leave the EU. Post-Brexit, we have the opportunity to design a new system that works in the interests of Scottish, and UK, farmers.”