- 29 January 2021
I welcome the SNP Government’s ambitious draft Budget – announced today by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes MSP.
The budget focuses on three key guiding principles
- a national mission for new, good, and green jobs;
- promotion of lifelong health and wellbeing
- driving equality and helping our young people to grasp achieve their potential.
The budget will see record funding of over £16 billion for our NHS and social care sector, £3.5 billion for social security and welfare payments, and investment of £2.7 billion in education and skills - with total investment increasing by £3.8 billion.
This Budget has been delivered in exceptional circumstances as we continue to battle a global pandemic and face the harmful impacts of a Tory Brexit we didn’t vote for.
I’m glad this commitment to investing in jobs and education, resourcing public services for the challenges ahead - with record funding for our health and social care sector - and supporting households at a time of real uncertainty will continue.
It also provides:
- A doubling of the fund to local authorities to help businesses that may have missed out – which launches next week
- £711.6 million for affordable housing
- £68 million for the first full year of the Scottish Child Payment – a game changer in tackling child poverty
- A pay increase for our public sector workers – with a 3% increase for those earning under £25,000
- £90 million for local councils to freeze council tax
Parliament will vote on the draft Budget proposals next month. I sincerely hope that MSPs from all political parties will back this Budget, which will support Scotland’s recovery from this Covid-19 crisis and help us build a fairer, stronger, greener country.
You can read more at https://www.gov.scot/budget/