Sunday, 14 February 2016 13:15

Tory fiscal framework cut equivalent to 8,000 nurses

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“NO DETRIMENT” PRINCIPLE MUST BE DELIVERED
 
 The £3 billion cut that would be imposed by the Tory Treasury’s Fiscal Framework proposal is the equivalent of 8,000 nurses every year or 6,000 police officers, new figures published by the SNP show.

The figures, compiled by the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre, show that £3 billion could pay for the salaries of 8,000 nurses or 6,000 police officers for ten years.  The sum could also pay for 375 new primary schools or 120 secondary schools.
 
 Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said:
 
 “Even after their latest concession, these stark figures show just what a devastating impact the UK Government’s Fiscal Framework proposal would have on Scotland’s budget - it is certainly not what the Smith Commission recommended or what was promised in the Vow.
 
 “A £3 billion cut over ten years, as proposed by the Tory Treasury, would be the equivalent of the salaries of 8,000 nurses or 6,000 police officers for each and every year of the next decade.
 
 “The UK Government must honour the Smith Commission principle of no detriment. It would be completely unacceptable for Scotland’s budget to be systematically cut regardless of any changes made by the Scottish Government.
 
 “Scotland was promised further powers – not further powers with a £3 billion price tag. It’s high time the UK Government got on with delivering that.”
 
 Notes:
 
 SPICe has estimated that assuming 3% increase per year; £3 billion could fund the following in each year over the next 10 years:

     •    Nurses – 8,000

     •    Doctors – 3,000-5,000

     •    Police officers – 6,000

 
 Over ten years £30 billion would also fund:

     •    375 primary schools

     •    120 secondary schools

     •    50 hospitals