7. To ask the First Minister for what reason the 2018-19 Scottish budget was underspent by £449 million. (S5F-03474)
Last week, the First Minister told Parliament that every penny in the Scottish budget was accounted for. What she did not—[ Interruption .] What she did not tell us, and what we know now, is that nearly £0.5 billion was being kept back in a Scottish Government slush fund. I agreed with Nicola Sturgeon previously—[ Interruption .]
I agreed with Nicola Sturgeon previously when she said that the Tory two-child benefit cap is abhorrent. Therefore, why did the Government not allocate £69 million in the 2019-20 budget from the £449 million underspend to cancel out that horrendous Tory policy?
Labour MSP for Glasgow
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 — Election
Also represented Rutherglen; Glasgow Rutherglen
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