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Scottish Parliament: Public Finances (Impact of Stagnation) (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: The Resolution Foundation has found that the stagnation that we have experienced has been devastating in terms of the wealth that has been taken out of the country. Despite limited powers of devolution, we have transformed the landscape in Scotland. The Resolution Foundation report highlights that the past 15 years of lost growth mean that the United Kingdom economy is 22 per cent smaller...

Scottish Parliament: Public Finances (Impact of Stagnation) (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: Gordon MacDonald is right to ask that question. Despite the limited powers of devolution, we have transformed social security in Scotland in comparison with the UK Government, which is steadily eroding the safety net with, for example, benefit freezes, caps and limits, and by providing inadequate levels of financial support. In contrast, we have spent more than £733 million in the past five...

Scottish Parliament: Public Finances (Impact of Stagnation) (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: Liz Smith wants us to be held to account as if we are an independent nation when the macroeconomic levers lie with the UK Government. However, despite not having those levers, Scotland’s gross domestic product per capita has grown faster than the UK’s since 2007. Accounting for population growth since 2007, gross domestic product per person has grown by 10.8 per cent in Scotland, compared...

Scottish Parliament: Public Finances (Impact of Stagnation) (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: The problem with what Michael Marra said is that the shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, is going to emulate the same tax and spending plans of the “rotten” UK Tory Government that he cited. It is hard to distinguish between UK Labour policy and UK Tory policy. In my answer to Liz Smith, I outlined where—despite not having control of the economic levers—Scotland’s economic performance...

Scottish Parliament: ScotWind Option Fees (Allocation of Income) (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: As outlined in the budget document, £200 million of income from ScotWind option fees has been provisionally allocated in the 2024-25 Scottish budget to support the total resource funding position. As the end of the 2023-24 financial year approaches, I am pleased to say that the financial position has improved. I am working towards entirely removing any utilisation of ScotWind fees while...

Scottish Parliament: ScotWind Option Fees (Allocation of Income) (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: We continue to work closely with Crown Estate Scotland to ensure that we realise maximum economic benefits for ScotWind licence fees, and that we protect the value of proceeds that remain available for spending in future years. Sadly, the devolution settlement constrains our option to establish a sovereign wealth fund as such. I suspect that the member will agree that it would be far...

Scottish Parliament: ScotWind Option Fees (Allocation of Income) (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: It is not. If Willie Rennie listened to my answer to Kate Forbes, he would have heard me say that the devolution settlement, as it exists, constrains our option of establishing a sovereign wealth fund. I suspect that Willie Rennie, given that he often comes to the chamber demanding additional spend on various areas of public services, would be the first to challenge me if we were sitting with...

Scottish Parliament: Capital Spending Review (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: Work is currently under way to update the pipeline of projects and programmes relating to our infrastructure investment plan, which was published in 2021, to ensure that it is affordable and deliverable and that it provides the best value for money. We intend to publish the refreshed infrastructure pipeline this spring, alongside the medium-term financial strategy.

Scottish Parliament: Capital Spending Review (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: Rhoda Grant raises important points. I remind the member and the chamber that the capital budget outlook will result in a nearly 9 per cent real-terms cut, which is a cumulative reduction of £1.3 billion over the period to 2027-28. That will impact the capital projects that were in the 2021 infrastructure pipeline right across the board. It is right and proper that we have had to analyse all...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Impact on Highlands and Islands) (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: The Highlands and Islands local authorities will receive more than £1.3 billion to support vital day-to-day services in 2024-25, which is an extra £70.7 million or an additional 5.4 per cent compared with 2023-24. All councils will receive their share of the currently undistributed £201.1 million following agreement with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. The Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Impact on Highlands and Islands) (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: Unfortunately, Jamie Halcro Johnston has failed to recognise a number of things. One is that the UK Government has delivered a real-terms reduction to our funding, not least a 9 per cent real-terms cut to capital funding, which is £1.3 billion cumulatively removed from our budget by 2027-28. Jamie Halcro Johnston’s Government cannot make those decisions—

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Impact on Highlands and Islands) (27 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: Jamie Halcro Johnston’s Government cannot make decisions to cut capital funding by £1.3 billion without that having some impact on some of the projects being undertaken around Scotland or on some of the investments that we would like to make. That is the first point. The second point concerns resource funding, whether for HIE or for councils. Just a few minutes ago, the member sitting...

Scottish Parliament: Points of Order (26 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. You will be aware that I wrote to you earlier about an exchange that I had with Stephen Kerr in the chamber earlier this afternoon. First, I want to say that the constant barracking of mainly female colleagues by Mr Kerr in the chamber is intolerable and people are, frankly, fed up with it. After another episode of barracking of another female colleague...

Scottish Parliament: Spring Budget (Barnett Consequentials) (21 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: Of the consequentials confirmed as part of the UK Government’s spring budget, £237 million was derived from health spending. That will be passed on in full for use in health spending in Scotland. That figure is £235 million less than the in-year consequentials from health in 2023-24, which were not baselined, even though they largely related to pay. Those consequentials also include £48...

Scottish Parliament: Spring Budget (Barnett Consequentials) (21 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: Let us return to the facts. The first is that the health spending that we have from consequentials leaves our health service with a shortfall, given that the figure is almost half of what health consequentials were in 2023-24. The second fact is that the lack of capital funding in the spring statement means a forecast £1.3 billion real-terms cut in our capital funding over five years. That...

Scottish Parliament: Spring Budget (Barnett Consequentials) (21 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: It is, indeed, a shocking fact that the UK Government is planning a real-terms spending cut that, in 2028-29, would amount to a cut of around £250 for every person in the UK. In Scotland, we are taking a different approach. We are demonstrating our priorities through a record £6.3 billion investment in social security and over £19.5 billion for health and social care in 2024-25, which...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: For the purposes of rule 9.11 of standing orders, I advise the Parliament that His Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill, has consented to place his prerogative and interests, in so far as they are affected by the bill, at the disposal of the Parliament for the purposes of the bill.

Scottish Parliament: 2030 Climate Change Targets (20 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: I do not know why they are laughing their heads off.

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was not able to connect. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Shona Robison: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was not able to connect to the app. I would have voted yes.


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