Wednesday, 07 November 2018 07:47

STARK WARNING OF DEMOGRAPHIC RISK TO PUBLIC SPENDING SHOWS NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE

Holyrood’s Finance Committee has issued a stark warning that demographic changes could pose risks to Scottish public spending – and questions whether the Scottish Government has enough power under devolution to tackle the problem. 

The cross-party warning says that “demographic divergence” between Scotland and the rest of the UK could lead to a drag on GDP growth in Scotland, which would impact our ability to fund public services. 

Despite this, the UK government has refused to consider devolving powers over migration – or to keep us in the single market, despite Scotland’s overwhelming vote to Remain. 

Commenting, SNP MSP Tom Arthur said:

“This is a very significant report which demonstrates exactly how Westminster is failing Scotland. 

“Scotland needs to grow our population – or we will find it increasingly difficult to fund our public services as the existing population grows older. 

“Despite this, both Labour and the Tories seem utterly determined to prevent people coming to work here – and point blank refuse to give Scotland the power to take our own approach. 

“It is increasingly obvious that Westminster is just not listening to Scotland. 

“Independence will give Scotland the power to take decisions in our interests – rather than being tied to the flawed priorities of Westminster Tories.”

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