Scotland would benefit from a £3.1billion increase in public spending if the Conservatives win the general election, Banff and Buchan candidate David Duguid said today.
Detailed costings of the party’s manifesto plans reveal that spending commitments made in England on the NHS, policing and education would lead to a rise in the Scottish block grant.
Under the Barnett formula which calculates the distribution of funds to the rest of the UK, Scotland would receive an additional £3.1bn over the next four years.
That would mean more money available for the Scottish NHS, education or policing – but it would be up to the SNP Holyrood government to decide how it would be spent.
Mr Duguid said
These figures clearly show the benefits of returning a Conservative government at this general election.
It would mean an extra £3.1bn for public services in Scotland.
At a time when there are serious problems in the Scottish NHS and education system, and cuts to policing under the SNP, this could make a huge difference.
I would sincerely hope that the additional funding coming to the Scottish parliament would be passed on to these areas – particularly our NHS.
Under a Conservative government at Westminster, people would also keep more of the money they earn.
We understand that the cost of living is one of the biggest issues facing families across the country.
That’s why next year, we would cut taxes for 31 million people by raising the National Insurance threshold – saving workers around £100 a year. We will also implement a double tax lock – a commitment not to raise VAT or National Insurance during the next parliament.
A vote for the Scottish Conservatives at this election will mean a huge boost for places like Banff and Buchan, but a vote for the SNP means a return to more division and Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street.
The costings can be found in the Conservative general election manifesto (page 3) this link was provided as part of the press release.
This is a 2019 General Election Campaign press release.
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