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Budget 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.

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